October 10, 2017 15 Successful Compassion Alumni Share About Life After Sponsorship

15 Successful Compassion Alumni Share About Life After Sponsorship

be broken…one empowered youth at a time.

June 06, 2015 Conversations With Alumni

Conversations with Alumni: Welcome to the Future [VIDEO]

They were selected for our program when they were young, they were sponsored, they successfully graduated…and now, they are fulfilled and responsible adults. Watch this candid conversation with a few alumni as they reflect on their shared experiences growing up around the world. […]

July 07, 2015 What Not to Wear Njenga Maina

Conversations with Alumni: What Not To Wear [VIDEO]

These alumni didn’t have to worry about what not to wear when they were in the Compassion program. Listen in on their favorite memories about the clothes from their […]

July 07, 2015 Proof Keewani Vallejo Cook

Conversations with Alumni: Proof That’s Real [VIDEO]

[…] are privileged to work, you will find the same holistic program being implemented.
But you don’t have to take my word for it….

When this group of nine Alumni sat down to visit with one another, most having just met that day, they shared so many common experiences of the Compassion program even though they […]

June 06, 2015 Fan Factor Julian Alum

Conversations with Alumni: The Fan Factor [VIDEO]

All of us want to feel loved. And we want it because… well, we all NEED it! This basic human longing is often trumped in extreme poverty by the need to survive. The needs of basic physical survival, like food and water, unfortunately don’t leave a lot of room for making sure someone feels and […]

July 07, 2015 Don't Write

Conversations with Alumni: What if I Don’t Write My Sponsored Child? [VIDEO]

[…] and birthday cards to sending gifts or even taking a trip to visit him or her.
This investment in relationship with your sponsored child is where the alumni and research consistently says the lasting difference was made in changing their story!
This week in our special video blog series, Conversations with Alumni, hear a candid […]

July 07, 2013

Compassion Alumni Becomes an Entrepreneur Success Story

People love and respect David. Almost everyone calls him when they need veterinary services for their animals. Neighboring villages also seek out his help.

January 01, 2017 Who Is Making History in the World of Poverty?

Who Is Making History in the World of Poverty?

[…] better way to start off 2017 than by taking a look at some stories that highlight the people and developments that are are making history in the world of poverty? From new technology, to thousands of new sponsors, to Compassion Alumni fighting corruption, here is what we think is “Totally Worth It” this month. […]

April 04, 2016 Hope for the Abused

One Shy Little Girl Becomes Hope for the Abused

It is hard to believe that this same confident businesswoman was once a very shy girl with no dreams.

April 04, 2013 The Power of a Letter

The Power of a Letter

Esther and Marcos work at the Compassion office in Lima, Peru. They are both Compassion Alumni. Angie has just recently been sponsored. The three of them taught Pastor Ken Burkey about the power of a letter.

April 04, 2013 Finding Forgiveness After the Rwandan Genocide

Finding Forgiveness After the Rwandan Genocide

Methode was 6 years old when he witnessed the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a systematic massacre of more than 1 million people of the Tutsi ethnic group.

February 02, 2012

Ministry Highlight: Uganda

[…] Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2006.

We are privileged to have had many new programs and innovations begin in Uganda. For example, the second Alumni Association was started here and the Child Survival Program was piloted here. In addition, we celebrated the 1000th Leadership Development Program graduate in 2009.
Country Director
Our country […]

May 05, 2019 A woman in a pink shirt, jeans and a baseball cap sits on a turquoise bike on a roadside, with a sign behind her that reads, "Trekking, Canyoning, Rafting, Tubing," etc.

7 People Who Defeated Poverty With Their Sponsors

Read the stories of just a few people whose lives have been transformed, thanks to the support of their sponsors. Be inspired and encouraged that you are coming alongside young people just like these as they work to craft a future of purpose.

January 01, 2012

Ministry Highlight: India

[…] of vocational training in addition to life skills and English education. Vocational skills offered include carpentry, welding, electronics repair, mechanics, driving, plumbing and electrical work.
Child Sponsorship Program Alumni Activities
Some Child Sponsorship Program alumni volunteer at their former child development centers, encouraging the registered children through their own testimonies. Some even sponsor beneficiary siblings, meaning they support […]

August 08, 2011

Ministry Highlight: Thailand

[…] Sponsorship Program graduates will work at the child development center when they graduate. The development center staff also provides graduates with information on job opportunities.
Child Sponsorship Program Alumni Activities
We are in the process of collecting information from all sponsorship program graduates and developing an alumni database. Some alumni groups have helped their former development […]

February 02, 2012 colombia culture

Ministry Highlight: Colombia

[…] children can develop skills that will help them earn an income in the future.
Also, trainers are readily available to teach these skills.

Alumni Activities
We have launched an Alumni Association in four cities around the country. There is a national alumni leadership team responsible for coordinating the work of the chapters in every city and helping in […]

September 09, 2011 Haiti facts photo

Ministry Highlight: Haiti

[…] cooking, foreign language classes, etc.
The choice of programming for adolescents depends on the resources available in the community and in the interest of the children.

Child Sponsorship Program Alumni Activities
The alumni group has existed since August 2000. Members are involved in our ministry doing things such as talent shows, knowledge competitions and art contests. They also […]

August 08, 2016 We Are Family

Cole LaBrant and John Grice in Bolivia

[…] other qualities you develop as time goes by. With them we learned a lot. And from the children we learned a lot.”
Alumni Who Give Back

Faddy is an Alumni who was enrolled when he was seven years old and graduated the program at 19. He was sponsored by Patrick in the United States for the […]

September 09, 2011

Ministry Highlight: Brazil

[…] nails, information technology, and office skills.
There are many adolescents who are now self-supporting as a result of their vocational training in the child sponsorship program.
Child Sponsorship Program Alumni Activities
Some Implementing Church Partners promote alumni events, but there are no country-wide events. Some alumni volunteer or work as employees at the child development centers.
Parent Involvement
Parenting […]

August 08, 2013

Life Without God is Meaningless

[…] health care become accessible to everyone.
“My interest to safeguard the needy has not changed.”
This is one of the reasons he is now the coordinator of the Compassion alumni association in La Paz city.
The Leaders in Action group, as they call themselves, is currently made up of 20 young professional men and women, active and […]

January 01, 2012

Ministry Highlight: East India

[…] embroidery are offered at the development center. Certified courses such as computer training, motor vehicle repair and electrician training are offered at nearby recognized institutes.
Child Sponsorship Program Alumni Activities
The Alumni Association meets twice a year to focus on spiritual development and to reconnect the students with one another.
Parent Involvement
Parent meetings are held either monthly […]

February 02, 2017 Totally Worth It: Give Love. Receive Love. Repeat.

Receive Love. Give Love. Repeat.

March 2 – WICHITA, KS

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Compassion Alumni Giving Love Back
An Alumni Love Story Worth Celebrating

We couldn’t think of a better story of receiving love, giving love and repeating it than the story of […]

June 06, 2017 Joel Macharia: The Best Wealth Kenya Has is its Human Capital

Joel Macharia: The Best Wealth Kenya Has Is Its Human Capital

[…] to just pursue jobs. They can create them! Our children are growing up in interesting times with a wealth of opportunity and information.
We have more than Compassion alumni in Kenya who are already making a difference. And with Joel’s leadership and the hard work of the staff at Compassion Kenya, that number of alumni […]

January 01, 2020 A man stands in a gray shirt in front of snowy hills, smiling at the camera.

He Grew Up Hungry. Now He Fights Hunger With Science.

[…] to do.
Today, my heart flows with endless gratitude.
I am so glad my story can reach so many other selfless sponsors. Thankfulness is all I and the other alumni are filled with.

We are so thankful for Collins’ story.

Though he grew up in hunger and extreme poverty, he will now be the one ensuring others have […]

August 08, 2014 team constellation group

Team Constellation: Take 2

[…] sponsors.

Why is this team based in the Philippines?
We wanted to find adult graduates of our program who could help serve U.S. sponsors. The Philippines has a strong Compassion Alumni Association, and we were able to use this network to find quality candidates for the job. Since English is one of the primary languages in the […]

December 12, 2011

Ministry Highlight: Ethiopia

[…] Ethiopia, which works with Christian university students. The regional coordinators assist new Leadership Development Program students in finding a mentor and many are mentors themselves.
Leadership Development Program Alumni Group
There is a Leadership Development Program Alumni Association but it is not extremely active because the graduates are scattered throughout the country. Meetings and activities generally […]

September 09, 2009

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Current as of October 15, 2014

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Leave No One Behind (10/14/14)
Does My Sponsored Child Know My Name? (7/30/14)
Compassion Alumni Maina and Wanjiru (7/27/14)
Compassion Summer Intern: Putting a Face on Poverty (7/10/14)
The Power of Words (7/8/14)
Bring Jesus Home (6/29/14)
It’s For the Kids (6/17/14)
Jesus People (6/15/14)
Become a Missionary Without Leaving […]

April 04, 2014

Our Little Ones Aren’t So Little Anymore

Over the past 60 years more than 1 million children have experienced Compassion. Now, these “little ones” aren’t so little.

You can also view the Compassion International Global Alumni video on […]

March 03, 2020 A girl throws her head back and smiles.

Compassion Graduate: Here’s How to Get Through Uncertain Times

We are all living in uncertain times. Let’s turn to these wise words from a young man who grew up in the uncertainty of poverty to remind us to wait on God and hope in him.

December 12, 2012 it is possible

It Is Possible!

Think back to the moment when you heard the news that one of our Compassion Alumni and Leadership Development Program graduates, Margaret Makhoha, had been elected as a member of parliament for Namayingo District, Uganda.
Perhaps like me, you felt like a stake went in the ground. A sense of great possibility swelled within […]

October 10, 2009

Philippines Milestone: 50,000 Registered Children

[…] Merlyn, Cyrene has a different hope for life. With her sponsorship*, she has been given a chance to follow in the footsteps of thousands of successful Compassion alumni who have gone through our programs through the years; the chance to follow in the footsteps of:

Sarah Jane, a Compassion alumna who is now a medical […]

July 07, 2012

Three Unexpected Surprises

[…] total of 24 years. We expressed our appreciation for one another and to God for our successful partnership.
Jeanto, the program director at the center, is a Compassion alumni as well.
I am so proud of these three young men!
Our next venture was to return to the mountains to visit the boys’ childhood home. This moment […]

June 06, 2014 experience compassion conference

Experience Compassion Conference: Colorado Springs 2014

[…] deeper ways to engage in your own ministry releasing children from poverty.
Our national Experience Compassion Conference is being held in Colorado Springs on June 27-28, 2014.
Meet sponsor alumni from India, SATISH KUMAR, engage in worship led by the ROBBIE SEAY BAND, hear from powerful speakers such as BRUCE WYDICK, DR. SCOTT TODD and Compassion […]

April 04, 2020 Tony Beltran holding a picture of himself when he was a child

Compassion Graduate: From Shoeshiner to National Director

[…] me anymore.”
Tony’s life, his joy, his resilience — it all gives me so much hope.
My prayer is that his story does the same for you.
If you’re interested in hearing more stories of hope, watch videos of two other Compassion alumni who have escaped the cycle of poverty in Jesus’ name.

Photos by Avery […]

December 12, 2011

Ministry Highlight: Guatemala

[…] our curriculum to reinforce the students’ concern for our planet and future generations.

In order to help students find mentors, we ask our staff and Leadership Development Program alumni to become mentors. We also ask former mentors if they would be willing to volunteer again. If necessary, we ask the field office staff for recommendations of […]

November 11, 2016 Totally Worth It: Reflecting on What's Good

Totally Worth It: Reflecting on What’s Good

[…] girls who live more than 8,000 miles apart are woven together by tragedy.
A New Life For Betty
The path to forgiveness comes to one mom through her child.
Compassion Alumni Worth Celebrating
Meet Gaby: a 20-year-old caring and determined woman. We’re completely blown away by Gaby’s story because it makes us reflect about our own circumstances and […]

June 06, 2008

Wess Speaks (Part V)

[…] 10,000 university students before I go. We already have that many qualified students, but we just need the money to put them through college.
Third, I want the alumni associations to expand. If we were to gather Compassion’s kids together, there would be standing room only in the biggest stadiums, and I can’t wait for […]

June 06, 2016 Comfort Found in the Words of Her Sponsors

Comfort Found in the Words of Her Sponsors

[…] words in their life.
This month, instead of sharing ideas for what to write, we want to tell you a story from the perspective of one of our alumni of the true and lasting impact those encouraging words actually have.

Longing for Happiness
La Fragua, Zacapa, located east from Guatemala City, is known for being part of […]

January 01, 2017 2016 Annual Report: Why We're Stronger Together

2016 Annual Report: Why We’re Stronger Together

[…] this past fiscal year. It also includes detailed financial information, celebrates another incredible year of our Child Sponsorship Program, and brings you three stories of sponsored children, alumni and their families that are filled with hope, triumph and blessing.
We’re grateful to God and to you for strengthening our ministry to care for children. This […]

February 02, 2018 How We See Love This Valentine's Day

This Is How We See Love on Valentine’s Day

At Compassion, we have the opportunity to witness some of the most exceptional examples of love on a daily basis. It’s a love that inspires, that give us courage and makes smiling simply irresistible. This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite ways that we see God’s love – a love that […]

June 06, 2012

The Determination of a Young Female Entrepreneur

Estrika is a Leadership Development Program graduate in Indonesia who is passionate about small business and causes that benefit humanity.

February 02, 2016 Do

Do My Letters Make a Difference?

[…] times, the realization comes as you see the child you sponsor transition and mature from one letter to the next. For others, it’s hearing stories of our Alumni and how their lives were transformed by the words spoken into them through their sponsors.

On every trip we go on, we hear the same thing coming […]

July 07, 2017 Family Activities: How to Crush Boredom Together as a Family

How to Crush Boredom Together as a Family

[…] the sights and sounds of a child growing up in poverty in a country where we serve.
Every story is true. They are stories told by Compassion alumni who received support from a sponsor and graduated from our program. A small word of caution: Some of the stories might contain a few elements (stories […]

November 11, 2016 Advocate for Compassion in India

How You Can Advocate for Compassion’s Program in India

Due to the government of India’s decision to restrict Compassion’s funds from reaching our partners this year, many of our centers in India are are at risk of permanent closure, leaving more than 130,000 kids – the most vulnerable of India’s population – even more vulnerable. But on Dec. 6, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hear testimony from Compassion about the situation with the Indian government. And your voice could help us find a resolution. Will you help us advocate for the children and communities we serve in India?

March 03, 2008

Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story

January 01, 2013

Leadership Profile: Jonathan Almonte

“It was as when the stones speak. I opened my eyes and said to myself that God was calling me to something more. My dream is to become an ambassador, and at the utmost degree, represent my country as the president.

December 12, 2008

Nativity Set Giveway

Nativity Set Giveway

August 08, 2008

My Sisters Are Sponsored. What About Me?

In the courtyard, Mariam’s sisters, Assanata and Zourata, are preparing to leave. They both have weekly appointments that they would not miss for anything in the world. They are registered at the Assemblies of God Central Church of Koudougou Child Development Center.

Mariam always awaits their return so she can taste the food that her sisters bring home, and she does not fail to learn the songs that they sing as they return.

November 11, 2012 salt and light verse

Give Me Back My Church

The assumption that “more churches + more Christians = more impact” is not always true.

March 03, 2017 Shaun Groves: We're Losing a Friend, A Part of Our Family

We’re Losing A Friend, A Part of Our Family

We adopted our son Sambhaji from India five years ago. He loves to read, pretend he’s Batman, and get mail from his friend Ranjith in the Compassion program in India. Compassion’s program in India will soon end. And my family’s relationship with Ranjith will end too. I’m struggling.

April 04, 2011

From Leadership Development Program to Ugandan Parliament

Margaret Makhoha, a 2003 Compassion Leadership Development Program graduate, was recently elected as a member of the Ugandan Parliament. Senator Makhha will serve a six-year term, representing her home district of Namayingo in the nation’s legislature.

June 06, 2015 Day of the African Child Help from Our Friends

African Childhood: Beauty in Simplicity

For the International Day of the African Child, take a photo journey into what African childhood can look like. One filled with the beauty of simplicity.

December 12, 2010

“I Want to Reach My Dream”

“I want to reach my dream. I want to become a doctor someday because I want to help people in this village,” says Nathan.

April 04, 2019 A man wearing a blue suit jacket, white shirt and gray pants, sits on a concrete step with his hands clasped, smiling at the camera.

How This Man Came to a Remarkable Faith in Jesus

When Abas was a teen, he was known as the troublemaker in town. Even to the point of attempted murder. But through a series of miraculous events, and despite the persecution of his community, God turned Abas’ life upside down. If you love amazing stories of how people come to know God, you will want to read this!

November 11, 2011 honduras-photo

Ministry Highlight: Honduras

We first began our ministry in Honduras in 1974 when child development centers were opened in Guatemala and El Salvador. Today the ministry in Honduras is made up of 175 child development centers and approximately 41,000 children are registered.

April 04, 2015 Kenyan Terrorist Attack

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.