Working Through the Local Church
Compassion is the only organization in Bangladesh that works directly in partnership with the church. The Compassion program enables a church to reach into the community and serve impoverished children and their families.
The church building is used for program activities. Here, registered children receive a wide range of benefits, including nutritious meals, medical assistance, payment of school fees, clothing, hygiene supplies, spiritual teaching and care. Children are known, loved and protected by their sponsors and program staff members.
Parents are glad to send their children to the church for these benefits, which they cannot afford. Also, because of Compassion’s excellent reputation for serving children, doors are opened for church staff and members to share God's love with their community.
How Compassion Works in Bangladesh
Compassion's work in Bangladesh began in 2003. Nearly 5,000 children waiting to be sponsored are currently registered in 135 child development centers.
Compassion partners with churches and denominations, helping them provide Bangladeshi children with a program of long-term, holistic child development. This program gives impoverished children the opportunities they need to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
As liaisons between local church partners and Compassion, Partnership Facilitators play a vital role. Among other duties, they assess partners’ needs, monitor their implementation of child development activities, provide training for their staff, and relay information from the national office.
Glen Hillol Khan is Partnership Facilitator for eight Compassion-assisted child development centers in northern Bangladesh. For Glen to visit the centers, which are located in remote villages, he uses a combination of buses, rickshaws and motorbikes.
Expressing his passion for serving children in need, Glen says, “I grew up in a village, so I know what these children face. I believe if they are cared for, they will someday contribute to their communities and ultimately, the country.”