NOTE FROM EDITOR: This content honors Compassion’s historical work in India. While we no longer have an India sponsorship program, we are grateful for the lives changed and meaningful work achieved through our sponsors and donors in our nearly 50 years there. For a detailed explanation of the end of our sponsorship program in India, please visit: compassion.com/india-update.
We’ll come right out and say it… we think you’re pretty amazing.
We are so thankful for your commitment to children in extreme poverty around the world but especially those in India.
Over the past week you – sponsors, donors, child advocates, partners and friends – have sent more than 33,000 letters to Congress ahead of Tuesday’s testimony by Compassion before the House Foreign Affairs Committee!
You used your voice on social media sharing your heart and passion for the precious children you have relationship with through sponsorship. You empowered your communities to take action to speak up for the work of our local partners and the children they serve in India. Here are just a few examples of your generous hearts:
My wife sent me this. The Compassion child I've been sponsoring for 9 years is in India… https://t.co/wqZD5H50SV
— Gabe Hughes (@Pastor_Gabe) December 6, 2016
— Heidi Pettigrew (@hmpettigrew) December 6, 2016
— Bria Jean (@briajeanmusic) December 2, 2016
— Caitlin Jane (@caitlinjanelife) December 2, 2016
— Tara Marie (@the_tara_marie) December 5, 2016
We are so thankful for your support and for the support of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Here are four important facts that came out of the committee hearing and have been brought to the attention of Congress:
- We were fully supported and encouraged in our work by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
- We are not alone in facing this challenge. In the last two years, 11,319 other NGO’s have lost their licenses. This decreases the number of foreign funded organizations in India to almost half the number it was just two years ago.
- We have done everything we can to comply with all requests from the Indian government.
- If nothing changes, Compassion India is at risk of running out of funds. During the hearing they mentioned a timeframe of 3 weeks, though this could vary slightly. Please know that while this does impact our ability to serve children, it doesn’t mean your influence ends. Together, we will continue our pursuit to serve children in poverty in India.
So, what happens next?
Working through international political channels, as we are currently, takes time. And while we want to see positive changes soon, it will be some time before we know if this will produce results. We are so grateful for your patience and continued prayers.
We hope to provide an update on this situation before the end of January.
Please know how encouraged we are to work alongside each of you to release children from poverty every day. We pray that this will be the case in India going forward!