This year, we want to introduce you to your partners in ministry — those who are actively involved in your sponsored child’s life! Come with us to Indonesia, and meet Rusdy, a project facilitator, who is able to minister to children in desperate poverty because of sponsors and partners like you. People just like him are helping your child navigate the physical poverty that can threaten to overwhelm them. In this powerful video, walk with Rusdy and experience how Tearfund and Compassion helps children physically!



Children need more than just food or education to break free from poverty — they need to develop in all areas of life. That's why Compassion focuses on holistic child development. We want to help children grow up to be adults who are empowered to escape poverty. Compassion's program helps children develop in four key areas: physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.


body1.jpgOliver and other children in Ecuador receiving dental hygiene education and dental visits. 


Here are a few of the ways sponsorship helps children physically:
  • Every child in Compassion’s programs receives regular health screenings, dental check-ups and access to immunizations.
  • Children receive nutritious food each time they visit the child development centre, either a full meal or a healthful snack, depending on the needs and resources in that particular community.
  • When a child is at risk of or suffering from malnutrition, they receive medical care and extra food supplies. Children receive education on how to stay healthy.
  • They learn about good hygiene and proper sanitation. Hand washing and dental care become habits at the centre and at home.
  • Parents learn to prevent and treat illnesses like HIV, hepatitis and malaria. They learn the importance of clean water in preventing waterborne diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.

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Why does New Zealand need a Modern Slavery Act?  

Monday, 10 May 2021 — Morgan Theakston

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Friday, 07 May 2021 — Kate Kardol

Mother’s Day is tomorrow but if you’re still looking for that last-minute gift, or just want a gift that’s a little bit different this year, then why not buy your mum a Gift For Life and make two women smile—your mum and another mum in need across the world?

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Five talented young entrepreneurs who dreamed beyond poverty

Tuesday, 04 May 2021 — Compassion International

The impact of a sponsor’s generosity on children multiplies far beyond their childhood years. Compassion centres at local churches offer them safe spaces to learn and teach them lessons to nurture their God-given talents. Tearfund's partner Compassion, is devoted to cultivating and developing this next generation of leaders. Check out these incredible stories of talented young entrepreneurs!

 

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She is not a statistic—she has a story

She is not a statistic—she has a story

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 — Grace Ellis

“It’s very powerful to put a face to human trafficking through photography. An image takes the issue straight into someone’s heart. It invites them to imagine what it would be like if the person in the photo was their daughter, their cousin, their niece or their mother. Something profoundly changes when the broader issue of human trafficking has a face, a story and a name."~ Kiwi photographer Nikki Denholm.

Setimaya* was just 19 when she was trafficked - 30 years later, she is ready to tell her story.

 

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 How to get to know your sponsored child’s family

How to get to know your sponsored child’s family

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 — Compassion International

So, you most likely either have a sponsored child who is too young to write, so you are writing to their caregiver anyway, or, your sponsored child is old enough to write and you want to get to know her/his family. Here are a few connection-building letter-writing tips for both of those scenarios!



 

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Three ways letter writing benefits you and the child you sponsor

Three ways letter writing benefits you and the child you sponsor

Thursday, 22 April 2021 — Kyle Davidson

My life is already so busy with my work and kids that it’s hard to find the time. I need to wait until I have more to say. My letters don’t really matter anyway. I don’t know if you can relate to any of these. If you can, you’re definitely not alone. And you’re not a bad sponsor. That said, writing letters have amazing benefits, not only to your sponsored child but to you! Let’s take a look at three benefits of writing letters to your sponsored child.

 

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Sustainable agriculture transforming lives in Vanuatu

Sustainable agriculture transforming lives in Vanuatu

Monday, 12 April 2021 — Tearfund New Zealand

The key word is "sustainability". Instead of pouring money and resources into just the emergency needs, Tearfund's Farming and Enterprise partner in Vanuatu invests in a sustainable model that will hopefully outgrow the need for funding. An ambulance on the ground is unquestionably essential, but not nearly as powerful or effective as a fence on top of the cliff.

 

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