Thanks, Mom.

The big things and the little things, the poignant moments and the silliness. What can you thank that special woman in your life for this Mother’s Day?

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A Mother’s Hope

Has your sponsored child ever called you Mom, Dad, Auntie or Uncle? Someone recently asked me if I thought it was demeaning to parents for their child to be sponsored by someone across the world. Does it make them feel inadequate, like they’re not fit to be parents? Maybe this thought has crossed your mind as well.

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How to Save a Life With an Egg

When one of the children or youth enrolled in our program has a medical crisis, the Compassion staff and church partners in that country will do whatever they can to help. But what about a child who isn’t enrolled in our program?

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World Malaria Day: Save a Family Through Malaria Prevention

Instead of showing up to the playground for his morning soccer game, little Mamadou woke with a high fever and began to vomit. His mother, Mariam, rushed him to the doctor. Sitting on the back of the bicycle, clutching his mother’s dress tightly, Mamadou quivered throughout the 10km-long ride from their house to the public health center. His mother had only one thought: She hoped her son did not have malaria.

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11 Awesome Pictures of Dogs Around the World

If there’s one thing that holds true in any country, in any culture, it’s that man’s best friend with his comfort and protection is a universal companion. And it’s impossible not to bring out the camera when they’re around. In our many travels, we’ve taken thousands and thousands of photos and there’s been more than their fair share of cute pictures of dogs. So, just to brighten your day here are some of our favorite furry friends that we’ve met around the world!

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From Alcoholism to Economic Freedom

The proceeds of East India’s Compassion Sunday campaign bring the promise of a confident future to eight Child Survival Program fathers and their family members.

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Kenyan Resiliency: Wounded but Unbowed

In the aftermath of the al-Shabab terrorist attack on Garissa University College, Kenyans have displayed powerful love in tangible ways. Standing in long lines to give blood for the wounded, comforting the grieving, providing supplies for the impacted families and contributing money. One of the most loving and brave things the Kenyans are doing is not surrendering to fear, but choosing life instead.

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Second Friday Writing Club: Share Your World

When we first became sponsors five years ago, we headed to the library to check out a book about Colombia. We didn’t know a lot about the country, and since my children were 15 and 10 at the time, this was the perfect time for all of us to learn more about where the child we sponsor lives. So as curious as we are about the countries where we sponsor children, I know the children in the child development program around the world are curious about our country too.

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New Mobile App: Carry Your Sponsored Child With You

Now available for iPhone and Android, the new free Compassion app puts your sponsored child’s picture, biographical details (hobbies, chores, family life, etc.), and information about their church and child development center at your fingertips. It’s now easier than ever to connect with the child you sponsor. Here are just a few of the new features!

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From Farm to Table: What Safe Food Means to One Child

World Health Day is April 7 and this year’s focus is food safety. More than 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and chemical substances. Helping meet the physical needs of the children in our program, and of their communities, sometimes means having to find healthy food sources. Often, farm to table is the best solution possible. This is where little Borisut comes in. He is a sponsored child in Thailand’s rural northern region. And we’d like you to hear his perspective on how farm-to-table living has benefited not only his family but also his entire community.

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TV Takes Easter Beyond Church Walls in Burkina Faso

A children’s TV program provides a means for staff member Phoebe Lankoande to share the message of Easter beyond the walls of the church in Burkina Faso.

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