Causes of Poverty

Poverty is a complicated issue. The causes of poverty are not just a matter of material possesions, but so much more. No matter where in the world you look, the causes of poverty are the same: among them,  lack of finances, inadequate health care and lack of education are common.

Of all the causes of poverty, though, the most devastating is the lack of hope — a belief that "I don't matter." When a child believes he can never escape his circumstances, he starts believing no one cares about him. This lie keeps him trapped in a generational cycle of poverty.

Each year, millions of children in poverty die before the age of five. Many of the causes of poverty that lead to these deaths are easily preventable, and this is where Compassion comes in. For $38 a month, you can help eliminate many of the causes of poverty. You can offer a child the basic necessities of life, but even better, you can give him hope.

By sponsoring a child you can address the basic causes of poverty - most importantly by showing a child just how valuable and loved he or she is. Sponsor a child today and begin this powerful, life-changing relationship.

Causes of Poverty Can be Overcome Through Child Sponsorship

As you exchange letters, send photos and offer encouragement in Jesus' name, your love will bring hope to a child that will last a lifetime. Sponsor a child today! Just click on a child's photo to learn more.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.

Financial Integrity

Compassion consistently receives high ratings for financial accountability and integrity. 

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Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating — four stars — for 13 consecutive years, placing Compassion in the top 1 percent of all charities.