2017 Annual Report: The Impact of Your Compassion

How can you measure compassion? There are simply no numbers in the world that can reflect the eternal impact of one person displaying compassion for another. But the tracking and reporting of resources entrusted to us is one small but vitally important way we can quantify your faithful act of compassion in partnering with us.

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Why Compassion Doesn’t Work in Unstable Conflict Zones

In 1954, Everett Swanson’s relief work developed sponsorship programs which provided help for the children of post-war Korea. Those efforts have evolved into a global, program-based, holistic child development model. These days, you are less likely to find Compassion in the midst of a conflict zone but instead working at the heart of more stable communities. Here are three reasons why.

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The Poverty Game Changer

New poverty-alleviation technologies, strategies and tools pale in comparison to the impact of this one simple yet powerful concept that is a poverty game changer.

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Tsehaywota Taddesse: How Shepherding in Ethiopia Prepared Me for Leadership

Most kindergartners learn their shapes, numbers and alphabet. But Tsehaywota Taddesse, Compassion Ethiopia Country Director, had a different experience in rural Ethiopia: “I attended my kindergarten in a meadow, learning the languages of the sheep and cows.”

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The Day of Recognizing World Days of Recognition

There are days recognizing almost everything — puppies, storms, doughnuts, etc. For March’s edition of “Totally Worth It,” we’re highlighting a few world days of recognition we think deserve a little extra attention. We’re declaring today as Totally Worth It Day!

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From Darkness to Light: The History of Compassion International in India [VIDEO]

Compassion has served children in poverty in India for 49 years. But due to the government of India restricting us from sending funds to the country, we must end our sponsorship program there. Today, we take you through the years of our history and work there.

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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.

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Compassion International Ending Operations in India on March 15

Today I am submitting the blog post I had hoped would never see the light of day. With our hearts aching, Compassion has begun the process of ending our operations in India. If nothing changes in the next couple of weeks, our last day of operation in India will be March 15.

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Receive Love. Give Love. Repeat.

Around here, we believe Valentine’s Day is every day. It’s the second greatest commandment from Jesus that inspires our work: to love your neighbor as yourself. So for February’s installment of “Totally Worth It,” our series designed to ignite compassion through inspiring stories and news, we’re focusing on people in the Compassion family who are spreading that crazy little thing called love.

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2016 Annual Report: Why We’re Stronger Together

The 2015-2016 fiscal year has brought another year of growth for Compassion. Here are some highlights from our 2016 Annual Report.

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Who Is Making History in the World of Poverty?

We believe the solution to making poverty history in our world begins with our children. Invest in their development, give them the right tools, and empower them to become history makers and world changers themselves. What 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.

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One Word to Define 2017: Ignite

Those of us from an instantly gratified and constantly moving culture do not always understand the fire started by masters. This is extremely evident in fighting back the cold reality of extreme poverty around the world. We often prefer a quick relief style of change. A magic bullet. But those fires go out as fast as they start, and can even injure folks in the process.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

You’ve made it. It’s the end of 2016. And while many of us are shaking the dust off our feet as we’re leaving the old year, it’s wise to take a few moments to look back before entering the new year. These are the most popular blog posts of 2016 with a little extra “behind the scenes” peek at how they were developed.

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Top 10 Instagram Posts of 2016

Instagram is full of faces. Faces of kids. Of families. Of sponsors. Of people. These faces reflect pain and joy and hope. And I think that’s why I notice them – because life is filled with pain and joy and hope. When I look through Instagram, I see a reflection of life. Here are Compassion International’s top Instagram posts of 2016.

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