We know child sponsorship works, but don’t just take our word for it. Meet these inspiring and successful Compassion alumni as they share about life after sponsorship. They are tangible proof that the cycle of poverty can be broken…one empowered youth at a time.Continue Reading ›
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.Continue Reading ›
Born in Villa El Salvador, southern Lima, Peru, Rosa Cueto Vega was surrounded by hills, sand and poverty. She experienced hunger and suffering. In the midst of her family’s struggle for survival, she didn’t have the luxury of dreaming for a future.
This month for our Totally Worth It series, we’re asking you to reflect. It’s easy to concentrate on what’s been hard in your life — to focus on everything that’s bad. Our hope is that this month’s news and stories will reflect God’s goodness and truth. And we hope you’ll be inspired to reflect on what’s good in your life, too … because you are totally worth it.
With no money, a drunken, violent father and a community plagued with malnutrition, one little girl found comfort in the words of her sponsors. This powerful story reminds us once again of the importance of letter writing.
As someone whose life was changed through sponsorship, I want to let you know the important role you play as you step out in faith to be part of this year’s Compassion Sunday. I hope these words will encourage you as you prepare for your presentation.
With a big smile on her face, Compassion alumni Lety greets every person who walks by. It is hard to believe that this same confident businesswoman was once a very shy girl with no dreams.
“I remember the day my mother brought me to my aunt’s house in Addis. She cried so much when she said goodbye and left. For a long time, I always believed she would come back for me. But she never did,” says Sameson. That was the day Sameson lost his mother.
“What’s for dinner?” It was the first question that popped out of your mouth when you got home from school as a kid. You secretly hoped for something different than last night and if you were lucky….you got your favorite meal! Although my family had a short season of eating red beans and rice (Louisiana girl here!), for most of our dinners, I still had other things for breakfast and lunch. Most of my life, I had access to all sorts of food and snacks. The story is very different for children in our program. Our local church partners reach out and enroll those in the most need. And sometimes that means little ones who may not have enough food for even one meal, let alone three meals a day. When you invest in the life of a child, you partner with us and the local church in their holistic development. The most basic part of a child’s development is their physical body. Providing a well-balanced meal or snack when they attend the program is just the start of addressing their physical development, but this start is critical. What child who is hungry can focus on schoolwork, learn basic hygiene, or hear that Jesus loves them?
Here on the blog, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of letter writing and how much your words have power in the life of the child or teen you sponsor. And we’ve talked about how, sometimes, it’s the absence of words that has power too… leaving questions like: Am I thought of? Why did they choose me? Who is the person who has invested in my life? When you choose to invest in the life of a child through sponsorship, beyond giving money, you also get the opportunity to be involved in their lives. And it is equally important to let them be involved in yours! There are many ways you can do so, from sending letters, stickers, pictures 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 conversation between alumni about their sponsors’ level of involvement in their lives.
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 childhood.