Collins grew up in hunger, but now he is getting his doctorate in plant pathology to advocate for subsistence farmers. Collins’ story embodies so much of what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. For the parents who are working so hard despite unimaginable difficulties. For the churches who are loving their littlest neighbors. For the little ones themselves who have so much potential. And for compassionate people like you – who are making stories like these possible!Continue Reading ›
Jose Frank grew up in poverty, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a doctor who is now helping heal his community — physically and spiritually.Continue Reading ›
You probably know that sponsoring helps children in poverty receive the care they need to survive and thrive. But what you might not realize is that by sponsoring a child, you might just be helping the environment too! The people most affected by the environment are those living in poverty. That’s why in many centers, children and youths are learning the importance of stewarding God’s Creation. Here is a glimpse into three Compassion centers helping children become advocates for one of their most valuable resources: the environment.
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.
We’re asking the very people who process, deliver and read your letters the questions you’ve always wanted to know. What are your letter-writing questions?
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.
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.
“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?
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!
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.