South America Facts

Compassion currently works in five countries on the continent of South America. Through our work there, we gather South America facts about children in poverty. These South America facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a common problem on the continent of South America but Compassion is working to change this. The South America facts tell a discouraging story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of this discouragement. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of South America facts overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in South America today!

Compassion in South America

Fourth largest of the earth's seven continents, South America is home to the majestic Andes mountain range and the mysterious Amazon River. The world's largest rain forest, with millions of species of exotic animals, is also found in South America.

Compassion began working in Brazil and Ecuador in 1974 and we now serve more than 235,000 children in the five South American countries of:

There are more than 370 million people in South America's 12 countries, and as many as 80 percent of them live in the continent's urban centers. Although the 1990s saw improvements throughout South America, such as the replacement of several military dictatorial regimes by democratically elected governments, the continent's countries are still plagued by widespread human rights violations and poverty.

News & Stories from South America
  • Diamonds in the Rough

    Sep 30, 2014

    Compassion is closing centers in the wealthiest southeast to envision a different future for children in the poorest areas of brazil.

  • News and Views

    Sep 30, 2014

    In an attempt to combat dengue fever — a sometimes fatal, mosquito-borne infection — Brazilian health officials in April began releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in high-risk areas.

  • Honestly Funny

    Sep 30, 2014

    Chonda Pierce says she saw herself in the face of every child she met when she traveled to Colombia last year to visit 13-year-old Arley, her sponsored child.

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