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.

Access to resources and exposure to various activities, coupled with vocational and financial training, allow children to dream big—beyond their circumstances. Tearfund’s partner, Compassion, is devoted to cultivating and developing this next generation of leaders.

Check out these incredible stories of talented young entrepreneurs!


Faida – Guitar Teacher


MicrosoftTeams-image-(2).pngFaida runs an online music school. 

Compassion graduate, Faida, 28, discovered his musical talent at a Compassion centre in Rwanda at just 10 years old. He never missed a lesson. After graduating from university with a degree in civil engineering and buying a guitar, he deeply desired to give back to children. Today, he runs his online music school, where he has taught over 200 kids to play the guitar. “Whenever I remember that Compassion helped to boost my talent in playing the guitar, I get full of emotion, and I believe that it was God’s plan for me.”


Miriam and Maureen – Business Owners


MicrosoftTeams-image-(3).pngMiriam and Maureen owns their own salon business.

Twins, Miriam and Maureen, witnessed their factory-working mother working long hours but still struggling to put them through school, feed them and pay rent. This inspired them to seek a different future. Today, they are realising their childhood dream of owning a business in Tanzania. Maureen explains, “The [Compassion] centre gave us the capital for our salon business, and they also put us through entrepreneurial skills training.” The twins now manage their successful beauty salon and plan to open a men’s clothing boutique.


Theophile – Shoemaker 


MicrosoftTeams-image-(4).pngTheophile manages his own shoemaking business.

Bright and driven, Theophile discovered his talent for shoemaking at his Compassion centre in Togo. The teenager is at the top of his academic class and enjoys managing his small shoemaking business in his free time. In his language, he is known as a “toto,” or “fast learner.” He jumps to partake in every opportunity offered at the centre, but he chose to run with this one.


Sebastian – Weaver 


MicrosoftTeams-image-(5).pngSebastian runs a bag weaving business. 

In Rwanda, university education is often too expensive. Knowing this, Sebastian’s Compassion centre teaches vocational skills. Wanting to prove that boys could weave too, although it’s commonly done by girls, Sebastian chose bag weaving. He now uses the skills he learned to train his peers, earning him a monthly income. He also taught his mother to weave and sell her creations, further improving their family’s living conditions.

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