Compassion's History - 2000s

History of Compassion International through the 2000s.

Compassion's History - 2000s

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Compassion holds its inaugural Leadership Development Program International Congress in the Philippines, celebrating the graduation of the first LDP students.


Over 400,000 children are now assisted in 21 countries around the globe.

Compassion's International Ministry Center relocates to northern Colorado Springs.

Italy becomes a Compassion partner country.

Compassion celebrates 50 years of child development ministry!

Compassion expands its child sponsorship program into Nicaragua, bringing the total number of assisted countries to 22.

Over 500,000 children are now assisted in more than 20 countries.

Compassion Suisse opens in Switzerland.

In December, Compassion begins its child development program in Bangladesh.

South Korea becomes a partner country.  

Compassion begins its child sponsorship program in Burkina Faso.

Compassion begins its child sponsorship program in Ghana.   

Compassion assists more than 800,000 children in 24 countries.   

Compassion assists more than 900,000 children in 24 countries.  

Compassion expands Leadership Development Program into Honduras.   

Compassion Deutschland (Germany) becomes a partner country

Compassion celebrates its 1 millionth registered child in February

Dr. Wess Stafford retires from his 21-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International, and Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado assumes the presidency.

Born in El Salvador and raised in seven different countries, Jimmy has experienced firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities, especially in under-resourced environments. Prior to joining Compassion in June of 2013, Jimmy served 20 years as the president of the Willow Creek Association (WCA) – a global ministry completely dedicated to helping local churches thrive. In 1995, Jimmy teamed up with Bill Hybels to launch and host The Global Leadership Summit. The Summit is an annual not-for-profit event created to address the dire need for excellent leadership training in local churches and other people-centered organizations around the world. Jimmy’s educational background includes graduating cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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