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Best of the Blog 2020: Your Favorite Stories of the Year

As you might expect during an incredibly challenging year, your favorite stories on the Compassion USA blog were inspirational ones. The most popular blog posts we shared during 2020 were those that showed the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability for God to redeem the most desperate situations. Here they are — your five favorite stories on the blog during 2020. May they inspire you all over again — or for the first time if you missed them before!

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How We’re Supporting Children Who May Wait Years for a Vaccine

Today, on World Children’s Day, while young people across the globe wait for COVID-19 relief, Compassion continues to support nearly 2.2 million children and youths — by equipping 8,000-plus church partners to meet immediate physical, spiritual and educational needs.

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Bangladesh, Already Struggling From COVID-19, Hit Hard by Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan hit India and Bangladesh on May 18, 2020. Find out how this super cyclone — the Bay of Bengal’s fiercest storm this century — impacted communities and how Compassion’s partners on the front lines are responding.

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Rwandan Teen Invents Prize-Winning Digital Cane for the Blind

Sponsored girl Yvette Mukamwiza is making headlines after winning a national innovation competition for designing a digital cane for the blind.

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2019 Nobel Prize: How Research Is Key to Ending Global Poverty

The recipients of the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics are advancing the need for research on what works and what doesn’t in poverty alleviation: something Compassion is actively practicing!

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Compassion-Sponsored Teen Named Top Student in the Philippines

After a yearlong, nationwide search, the Philippines Government awarded a Compassion-sponsored teenager the title of “Most Excellent Child in the Philippines.” Meet Jay Mark, the prizewinner!

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Report: Hunger Is on the Rise Around the World

According to a new report, the number of people around the world who are hungry is growing.

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Photos That Humanize a Humanitarian Crisis

When reading the news — especially news about large, complex issues — it is easy to begin viewing them as abstract. The human element blurs. We pray God will use these pictures of children, moms and dads, who live in some of the most dangerous places on earth, to awaken prayer and compassion in us for our global brothers and sisters facing crisis in Central America.

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Thai Cave Rescue: Life Is Bright One Year Later

One year ago, the world was riveted by the rescue story of the Wild Boars soccer team which was trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Twelve months later, Compassion-sponsored teen Adun, who played a role in the rescue, shares how life has changed for him.

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25 Years After Genocide in Rwanda: 3 Astonishing Stories of Forgiveness

It’s been 25 years since the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. How does a country move forward from such trauma? Though the cruelty and pain of this tragic event are unimaginable, the Rwanda of today is unrecognizable from the horror of ’94. Read the moving stories of three Compassion alumni choosing radical forgiveness instead of hate.

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Venezuela Economic Crisis: How “The Poor” Are the Rescuers

Thousands of Venezuelans have poured into Cúcuta, Colombia, fleeing socioeconomic and political crisis. And it’s the poor communities of this city giving vital help. Read the inspiring stories of these rescuers, providing hope and compassion despite their own deep poverty.

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Learn from President Bush How to Make an Impact on a Child’s Life

You don’t have to be a world leader to have a big impact on a child’s life. Hear the touching relationship between a young boy in the Philippines and President George HW Bush.

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