Child Development: What makes Compassion's approach so successful?

Compassion's Child Development Ministry — A complete approach.

Child development — the process of children growing physically, socially and cognitively — plays a central role as children strive to become thriving adults. The effects of poverty often stunt child development. Diseases, malnutrition and contaminated water and environments can destroy a child's opportunity for healthy development. When children are forced to fight these variables, particularly during early child development, they are less likely to fully develop socially, mentally or spiritually.  

It is Compassion's desire to help children in need grow into healthy, educated, confident adults, ready to serve God and others. By focusing on all stages of child development, Compassion is changing the world — one child at time. Compassion's holistic child development ministry serves children in a variety of areas — spiritually, economically, socially and physically.

How can I help Compassion offer complete child development?

Sponsor a child today! Through Compassion's holistic approach to all stages of child development, your sponsored child will receive: 

  • The opportunity to be healthy. Your sponsored child will receive health care as needed and learn about hygiene and health. Many Compassion children also receive supplementary food, water and vitamins. Physical health is essential to successful child development.
  • The opportunity to receive an education. Depending on the need, your sponsorship helps pay for school fees, clothing, supplies and tutoring. 
  • The opportunity to develop self-confidence and social skills. Your child will be part of a church-based program where Christian adults offer love, guidance and personal attention, which encourages the social aspect of child development.  
  • The opportunity to learn about the love of Jesus. Your Compassion child will be given hope as the gospel is shared and will learn about the Bible, an essential key to spiritual development.
  • The opportunity to build a special relationship with you. You have the opportunity to get to know your child as you write letters to one another! Knowing that you care will play a key role in your child's development.

Compassion is ready to match you with a child in need. Offer a child the basic necessities of life and the opportunity to flourish in all stages of child development.

Partner with Compassion to offer children holistic child development!

Child Development 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:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • 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.