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Born into a broken home, with what looked like a dismal future, Luis only had his grandparents. His grandfather, who passed away last year, was a taxi driver, and his grandmother still works, cleaning at a university. She is an alcoholic, and every time she drinks, she argues with Luis because he wants her to quit drinking.

Shortly after Luis’ parents separated, his moods often changed …

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Sep 14 2012

Who Told You?

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Genesis 3:1–11 reports how our first parents, Adam and Eve, were tempted by Satan, the great deceiver.

Clothed as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, he deceived them after God had told them not to eat a particular fruit. “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” he asked. Satan teaches men to first doubt, then to deny, and then aims to make them discontent with …

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For Compassion-sponsored children in Bolivia, one of the most special days at the child development center is Letter Day. While not every development center in Bolivia designates a specific day for children to write letters, each center decides how letters are written and has two weeks to get them done and returned to the country office.

The Pucara Grande Student Center has a Letter Day when …

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This is Emilda Soriano. She’s 18 years old and attends Salem Student Center in Iloilo City, Philippines.

The student center she attends serves a community in which many of our families scavenge here .

Child development specialists say that Emilda has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old. But this, and her environment, haven’t prevented her from qualifying to represent the …

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One of the desired outcomes of our programs is to equip children for life. This is a very important commitment to families who struggle each day to get by.

There are 295 sponsored children living in the community of Bagong Barrio, Philippines, and almost all of their parents have irregular, low-paying jobs.

“Many have jobs, but mostly temporary employment as factory workers, vendors and …

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Squatter communities under a bridge, within a cemetery, and on top of a garbage dumpsite are a few of the places in the Philippines that create vivid memories for visiting sponsors.

Last year, Korean sponsors visited their sponsored children living near the city dumpsite of Iloilo. They climbed the mountain of rubbish to observe how the children scavenged. I heard that after their visit, …

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Arusha, the land of the Maasai and their culture, is located in the northern zone of Tanzania and is the fourth largest town in Tanzania after Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Tanga. The northern zone is comprised of four administrative regions: Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro and Tanga.

Until about five years ago, Manyara and Arusha were one region, but the region was split into two because of its …

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Bolivia has a very low percentage of youth who graduate from school. Only around 18 percent finish their school studies and 71 percent of them enter university. However, later on 38 percent abandon their studies, according to SITEAL (Educative Information System of Latin America).

Considering the statistics, it is considered a great success when someone graduates from school and …

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The relationship between a child and his or her sponsor is a special part of our sponsorship program. As soon as a child in Guatemala is chosen to be sponsored, the notification process begins.

The Global Partner country where the sponsor is from, such as Canada or France or Australia, sends information about the sponsor to our Global Ministry Center in Colorado. There, all the new …

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A letter from a sponsor is one of the most desired things a sponsored child can receive. Letters from sponsors can do more than money because they build relationship between child and sponsor. These are not just pieces of paper; these letters are filled with love, affection, emotion and inspiration for the children.

In Bangladesh, Compassion centers do not celebrate any particular day of the …

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Siva practices Silambam with the utmost care and precision.

Siva is a timid school girl, but she is also a talented champion in silambam, a popular martial art in southern India. Siva is also one of the most refreshing personalities you could come across.

When Selvi and Kalimuthu gave birth to little Siva at Sandhapettai in Madurai, the odds were stacked against the girl. She was born into a family living in abject poverty. Her two brothers …

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Dec 20 2010

Christmas in Nicaragua

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It is 11:30 p.m., most of the preparations for the Compassion Christmas celebration are ready, and everyone goes home. They will be back the next day at 6 a.m. This day is so eagerly awaited because for many children it will be the day they receive their only Christmas present.

Many hours are spent in organizing the Christmas celebration to make it memorable for every child. Center staff …

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The “City of God” community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is famous for its daily realities: violence, drug trafficking and prostitution. Felipe was a skinny little boy from the City of God who used to sit in front of his development center, waiting for his father.

Sometimes Felipe was the only boy left waiting to be picked up. His teacher would take his hand and tell him he could stay the …

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Burkina Faso — translated as “country of upright people” — is one of the world’s poorest countries  (172 of 182 countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme).

Rural areas in Burkina Faso are characterized by a lack of basic infrastructure like health centers, schools, water and electricity. This lack also encompasses  localities farthest from the center of …

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Dec 17 2008

Yellow Leaf Spirits

In the high mountains of Northern Thailand lives an extraordinary tribe who have no written history and whose way of life is disappearing with the forests.

They knew only how to survive in the deep jungle, building homes from fresh banana leaves. They would sleep on the leaves and use them as a roof to protect from the rain and dew at night.

If they could not find food in the area …

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… President of Ministry Intergration & Innovation.

The Child Sponsorship Program (CDSP) is Compassion’s flagship program. For more than 55 years, Compassion has paired children in poverty with loving, supportive sponsors who provide for their physical needs. But in those 55-plus years, the Child Sponsorship Program has evolved into a holistic program — one that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Mark Peters, who oversees the work of …

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If you’ve been following our 15 Christian bloggers on their trip to Uganda you’ve seen only a glimpse of what it’s like to live in extreme poverty. It’s an outside view of Compassion’s ministry.

Today we present part three in a series of blog posts from staffers of Compassion Uganda who will give you an inside look into how Compassion’s ministry operates among the …

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