Poor Children: A Matter of Life and Death

Poor children around the world often find themselves fighting to stay alive each day.  Children living in poverty do not just lack finances — these children often go without food, water, health care and education. Many times, poor children also face each day without hope.

Each year, more than 10 million poor children never make it to their fifth birthday. Most of these lives could easily be saved.

  • Half of these deaths are linked to malnutrition. Poor children often go to bed hungry. 
  • About 3 million people, most of whom are poor children under age 5, die from illnesses caused by a lack of clean water. 
  • Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS kill millions of poor children every year. Treatment and lessons on prevention would save thousands of lives! 

You can make a difference — sponsor poor children!

Turn these statistics about poor children around! Sponsor a child today for just $38 a month! Compassion is ready to match you with a child in need. You can offer your child the basic necessities of life, as well as hope.

Sources: UNICEF

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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.

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