Nativity Set Giveway

Yesterday, we introduced you to Chantal, a 9-year-old girl from Rwanda.

Chantal is a beneficiary of our Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) initiative, and during the Christmas season the vulnerability of these children parallels the extreme vulnerability that our God entered into on Christmas Day.

It’s a vulnerability portrayed in homes throughout the world by the nativity. And this Christmas season, we’d like to share with you a reminder of God’s love and sacrifice for us all.

This handcrafted Rwandan nativity set is as fragile and vulnerable as many of the children we serve. And it’s available to one randomly selected reader who answers these questions for us.

On December 18, we’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments we receive.

Thanks for participating, and Merry Christmas!


26 Comments |Add a comment

  1. South beach September 25, 2011

    thanks ur parents for having you

  2. Jenifer Hupf June 30, 2011

    Very delightful blog post.

  3. Betsy Harrison October 2, 2009

    This nativity set is beautiful!! Can I buy one?

  4. Chris Giovagnoni December 18, 2008

    Thank you everyone for participating.

    The Random Integer Generator picked Allan (comment #21) as the winner.


    Please send me your mailing address.

  5. Allan December 17, 2008

    I feel like I’m taking a test! But seriously, complementary intervention is exactly what the two words mean. Complementary – def. forming a complete or balanced whole. Intervention – def. the act of intervening, esp. to influence or alter a situation in some way. Putting these two things together you are helping to make a balanced whole of all the sponsorship funds and other needs that people need and intervening to influence a situation for good.

    The HVC is definitely a complementary intervention because it identifies and intervenes in the lives of children that are extremely high risk and offers above and beyond what a normal sponsor child needs.

  6. Mary December 17, 2008

    A complementary intervention is meeting a need that is not covered under the regular sponsorship funds. When a need arises such as an individuals losing their home due to flooding or someone needing surgury that is when additional services are needed to help the family recover.
    The HVC is a complementary intervention and helps by identifying the most vulnerable children who are at risk. When identified for receiving services they are given the assistance needed to bring their daily lives stability and love.

  7. Mary December 16, 2008

    A complementary intervention is meeting a need that is not covered under sponsorship funds. It helps cover unexpected needs such as homes destroyed by floods, children needing medical treatment, heart surgery, etc.
    Complementary interventions exist to strengthen other programs.

    The HVC is considered a complementary intervention that exists for identifying the most vulunerable children who are at risk and need additional assistance in their daily lives. The assistance can help provide stability, love and a sense of hope for their future.

  8. Jill Foley December 16, 2008

    Complementary Interventions complete the core mission of Compassion…releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. These funds ensure that children registered in Compassion really do have everything necessary provided. So if there are cases where the $32 monthly sponsorship cannot cover all the basic needs of a registered child, funds from Complementary Interventions are used.

    The Highly Vulnerable Children’s Fund is a complementary Intervention because although all children registered in Compassion are at risk, some are in more dire need. Some are orphans, some are at higher risk of chronic illness and disease, some are in abusive home environments, some are more prone to exploitation and some cases of poverty are more extreme. To provide for these children, there is a need for more than the basic sponsorship amount… and that’s where the Complementary Intervention funds come in.

  9. Sarah H. December 14, 2008

    Complementary Interventions cover other needs besides the ones that are met by the Child Sponsorship Program, the Child Survival Program, and the Leadership Development Program. Some examples are the AIDS Initiative and Disaster Relief.

    The Highly Vulnerable Children’s Fund is a Complementary Intervention because it meets a need (losing a parent) that goes beyond what Child Sponsorship can meet. This program meets the unique situations of many children who have lost their parents of guardians by providing them with supplementary food, housing, and other support. Most of all, HVC gives children with extremely devastating situations hope for the future.

  10. Catherine J December 13, 2008

    Complementary interventions are special funds that help Compassion to provide extra, much-needed help to the children they care for. These funds complement Compassion’s core programs: CSP, CDSP, and LDP.

    HVC is a complementary intervention because it helps to complement the CDSP program, in caring for children who need extra help that sponsorship money alone can’t provide.

  11. Shari Schwarz` December 13, 2008

    Complementary Interventions are donated funds to help with needs that go above and beyond the 32$ per month sponsorship of a child.

    HVC is a complementary intervention because it targets children with extreme needs that may not be able to be met by the 32$ per month. It helps stabilize their situation so that they can have their more basic needs met through sponsorship.

    Great questions! And thanks for having this giveaway!

    Shari Schwarz

  12. Tina December 12, 2008

    Complementary Interventions are anything Compassion provides for a child that is above and beyond what the child’s sponsorship covers…life saving surgeries, medicines, help in the event of a natural disaster, or providing a safe, loving home for a child whose parents have died…these would all be complementary interventions.

    The Highly Vulnerable Children fund is a complementary intervention because it uses donated funds to cover any special needs that a child has that the sponsorship program alone cannot fund. This allows the child to experience the full benefits of the sponsorship by making sure they are healthy, loved, and safe.

  13. Jane Gillis December 12, 2008

    Complementary Intervention is woven into all of Compassion Sponsorship Programs – CSP, CDSP, and LDP but covers areas that sponsorship isn’t able to cover. HIV/AIDS is probably the most well known area but other areas such as the children’s Bibles, Disaster Relief, World Food Crisis, Malaria NETS, Partners of Compassion, Unsponsored Children and even areas that aren’t given a specific name all are complementary. They meet the needs that aren’t included in Sponsorship.

    Highly vulnerable children in our programs are those registered children who are at greatest risk of physical, psychological or social harm relative to the other registered children in the program.

    Our Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) initiative is therefore a targeted intervention, accessed through Complementary Intervention funds, that seeks to provide enough stability to the most vulnerable children to allow them to participate in the Child Sponsorship Program.

  14. Amy December 12, 2008

    I tried to submit this before and got an error message. Sorry if it shows up multiple times!

    Complementary interventions are programs that are separate from (but complementary to) Compassion’s child sponsorship program. Child sponsorship does not necessarily provide things like malaria nets, medications for AIDS, and food vouchers for families. However, the complementary interventions can and do provide these things to assist with Compassion’s mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’s name.

    HVC is a complementary intervention because it supplements child sponsorship for orphans and other children without reliable caregivers. It provides them a home, food, clothing, Christian caregivers, emotional support, and more, in addition to the benefits they receive through being sponsored children. I have heard from people who have seen this work firsthand that it’s really a wonderful program!

  15. Juli Jarvis December 12, 2008

    Complimentary interventions complete the other programs, such as the Sponsorship and Leadership Development programs. They help the other programs succeed, and include disaster relief, Bibles, AIDS and malaria prevention; the Alumni Association, Infrastructure development, parental education, Vo-Tech opportunites.
    The HVC initiative fits in here because it helps children in the other programs succeed, and achieve all that God intended them to be.

  16. Crystal December 12, 2008

    Complementary Interventions are specialized ways to meet the needs of highly vulnerable children that face greater risks than others.

    HVC is a complementary intervention because it seeks to provide stability to the most vulnerable children to allow them to participate in the child sponsorship program.

    What a beautiful nativity set!! Thank you for offering to share it.

  17. Chuck Guth December 12, 2008

    Complementary interventions is a ‘complement” to the existing Compassion programs. It allows additional funds to be provided to help in specific situation such as the Aids Initiative and others.

    HVC is a CIV program as it helps supply basic needs to children that have lost one or 2 parents or their parents may not be able to meet basic needs.

  18. Maria H. December 12, 2008

    Complementary Interventions is to come between the child and a difficult situation in order to help overcome the obstacles he/she is faced with and supply basic needs.

    The HVC initiative would be a complementary intervention because it is helping the child overcome the loss of a caregiver or parent. HVC helps provide basic needs and nuturing environments.

  19. Jennifer Wilson December 12, 2008

    Complementary Interventions are all of the services that can be necessary for a sponsored child, but cannot possibly be completely covered by the normal sponsorship dollars. These interventions include programs like the AIDS Initiative and Emergency Medical Fund.
    The HVC is part of the Complementary Interventions because it covers special services that cannot be anticipated or covered by the sponsorship contribution.

  20. Prairie Rose December 12, 2008

    I would say that complementary interventions means those that go above and beyond the regular child sponsorship program to help children and families in need. Programs such as the AIDS initiative, malaria intervention, and disaster relief, that help Compassion-sponsored kids in need with more than the typical program provides.

    Highly Vulnerable Children fits right in with that in that it provides additional help for the kids in the most dire need.

    Are sponsors aware if their child is an HVC child?

  21. Walt December 12, 2008

    What do we mean when we say complementary interventions?

    Complementary interventions means that you are reaching to your greatest ability to help children in poverty by intervening the circumstances that these children face every day that push them to believe “You don’t matter.”

    Why is the HVC initiative considered a complementary intervention?

    I think the Highly Vulnerable Children initiative is considered a complementary intervention because these children are God’s creation and are loved, yet poverty tells them they are not loved.

    I think the HVC is the thing that can change these children’s minds, by opening them up to love and to God through Compassion’s works.

  22. Sarah December 12, 2008

    The Highly Vulnerable Children initiative is a specific intervention, and works through the Complementary Intervention funds, that seeks to provide enough stability to the most vulnerable children to allow them to participate in the Child Sponsorship Program.

    Complementary Interventions program complements, completes the core mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. This program ensures that Compassion is able to go the distance and provide everything that’s necessary for the children. I think this is amazing and I am glad there is such a program! While $32 a month goes a very long way, there are still unexpected needs. There are floods, there is AIDS, there is severe hunger and children are ophaned. All things that exceed what 32$ a month can provide. Thank you for going the distance with this program for our kids!

  23. Laurel December 12, 2008

    awww #1 never wins. But I will answer any ways.

    complementary interventions allows people who are passioniate about a certain mission (aids, starving children, malaria, etc..) to become in involved w/out having to sponsor a child. Also after they give they can see what a difference their giving makes.

    HVC initiative is considered a complementary intervention because it gives funds to the most vulnerable children out there. It can be through your passion of giving to abused individuals, individuals suffering from AIDS, etc.. this allows individuals to make a difference (to give financially) w/out becoming a sponsor, but provides assistance to those who desperately need it.

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