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As a child, poverty began to speak to me, I felt I was nothing, that I didn’t matter… nobody cared to know my name.”
“I got the news that a young lady, Heather, she was just 15 years old, a teenager, she had decided to sponsor me. I cannot find the words to describe the joy that filled our home. ‘Richmond you’ve got a sponsor, you can now go to school.’
For just ÂŁ25 a month your child sponsorship will …
Empower one child to overcome physical, spiritual and emotional poverty, for good.
Ensure one child receives nutritious meals, regular check-ups and the support of local church community.
Give one child in poverty the education support they need for a brighter future.
The only child sponsorship model proven to work.
Independent research Dr Bruce Wydick, Journal of Political Economyshows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and leaders in their churches and communities.
14-18% more likely to have salaried employment as adults.
30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities.
27-40% more likely to finish their secondary education.
Compassion has been recognised for excellent stewardship by the Fundraising Regulator. We conduct regular internal and external audits in our field offices and in the UK.
In financial year 16/17, for every pound given in child sponsorship donations.
● 88p spent on charitable activities
82p directly benefitting children in poverty
6p support costs
● 11p spent on fundraising and finding the next sponsor
● 1p unspent giving us reserves to respond to future needs eg.disasters
Compassion has been trusted charity since 1952.
The child you choose to sponsor today will directly receive the benefit of your sponsorship support.
We run our child sponsorship programme exclusively in partnership with local churches who fully understand their local communities.
For ÂŁ25 a month, you’ll directly provide your sponsored child with:
Staff who know their communities inside out identify the children most in need of your sponsorship support. Children are given help regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.
Once registered in the Compassion Programme, we look for one sponsor to support each child.
When you start sponsoring, your donations will immediately begin to support your child's education, health-checks and development. You enable your sponsored child to go to school and church based Compassion project.
Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities. Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities.
As sponsor you'll exchange letters and cards with your sponsored child, getting an insight into their world and the difference you're making to their health, happiness and development.
We'll provide you with everything you need to build unique relationship with your sponsored child:
Personal myCompassion area to connect with your sponsored child
Within 48 hours of sponsoring, you’ll have access to myCompassion where you’ll be able to write your first letter as well as viewing your sponsored child’s information and photo.
Beautiful welcome pack with framed photo
When you sponsor a child today, in the next 7-10 working days, you’ll receive your Welcome Pack with a framed photo of your sponsored child.
Encouraging letters and drawings from your child
Receiving personal letters and drawings from your sponsored child will give you a unique insight into their culture and community. As you write back, you’ll speak encouragement into your sponsored child’s life.
Project updates from your child’s community
Once a year you’ll receive a message from the pastor or director of the Compassion project your sponsored child attends every week. You’ll learn more about the life-changing support your sponsorship is providing.
New photos of your sponsored child
Photo updates of your sponsored child will show you how they’re growing and thriving. You’ll also receive news about what they’re learning at their project.
The opportunity to visit and meet your sponsored child
Compassion offers you the chance to visit your sponsored child either on a group trip or individual visit. Make treasured memories and be encouraged about the difference you’re making.
More than 86,000 people sponsor a child through Compassion UK. Once you choose to sponsor, you too can begin to share in joy of bringing hope to a child in need. You can join the thousands who’ve chosen to take a stand against child poverty.
We would encourage anybody to sponsor, it’s so easy to spend ÂŁ25 month on coffees, magazines and treats without really thinking about it. But for the same cost each month you could change a child’s life and make a real difference, not only to them but their whole family.Â â€” Paul and Linda Coleman, Norwich
My husband and I sponsor two children with Compassion. Compassion is a tremendous organisation providing direct, vital services to children and their families. The impact trickles down to the communities they live in as well. Iâ€™d encourage others to sponsor a child – itâ€™s an opportunity to give what you can and connect with someone in a special way.Â â€”Â Charlotte Maslin-Knight, Model and Compassion UK Ambassador
We started sponsoring Louis five years ago. Thanks to sponsorship with Compassion, heâ€™s being kept healthy, receiving an education and enjoying just being a child. Louis is a big part of our family. We write letters, share pictures and get regular news about how heâ€™s growing and developing. My children see that we as a family can make a difference.Â â€”Â Kate, Kent
Compassion child sponsorship is a beautiful way of connecting us to our global neighbour and reminding us that loving the poor is at the core of the gospel. â€” Andy Hawthorne, Founder and CEO of The Message Trust
We had the opportunity when we went out to the Dominican Republic to go to our sponsored childâ€™s Compassion project. I remember asking the project administrator , can I see Darwinâ€™s sponsorship file. He pulled it down from the rack and there it was – two pencils, so much, half a pound of rice, so much, two pairs of socks, so much.Â â€”Â David Woods, Surrey
Begin your child sponsorship journey today by finding a child on our website who is waiting for a sponsor. You make also be interested in following guides:
Some of the questions you may have about sponsorship.
Weâ€™re committed to providing children with the very best care and the resources they need to break free from every aspect of poverty. It costs us ÂŁ25 a month for us to do this, but if youâ€™d like to give another amount, there are plenty of other great opportunities for you to support Compassionâ€™s work.
When you sponsor a child, you lift a burden from an entire family. Parents are released from financial pressure as one of their children is guaranteed an education, nutritious meals and health check-ups.
Whatâ€™s more, by empowering and educating one child, you bring change to a family. Sponsored children share what they learn with their siblings and parents. We regularly hear stories of children teaching their parents and siblings to read or how to practice good hygiene in the home.
We have 66 years of experience in empowering children to overcome poverty. Our world-class child sponsorship programme is the only one proven to work by independent research.
You may also be interested to know that Compassion is:
Child focused – We offer direct child sponsorship where you can make an immediate impact to the child you choose to sponsor today. Children are most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty. Our holistic programme gives children support in every area of their lives: their minds, bodies and relationships.
Empowering children is a highly strategic way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassionâ€™s programme, children learn they are loved, they begin to develop hope for their future, and they realise that God wants to use them to help others. And these children grow up to be givers and community leaders.
Church-based – We work exclusively in partnership with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need.
Whatâ€™s more, we believe the Church is Godâ€™s plan for a hurting world. Compassion exists to enable the Church to fulfill her mission of making disciples of all nations and caring for those in great need.
Christ-centred – Our desire to follow Jesus impacts everything we do. Weâ€™re a Christian charity offering Christian child sponsorship. We seek to follow Jesusâ€™ example to care for the poor, but whilst Jesus’ love motivates us, we help all children and families in poverty regardless of belief and children are never coerced into becoming Christians.
You can also call our friendly team on 01932 836490, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
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