Working Through the Local Church
Compassion is making a difference in the lives of children in Colombia’s coastal region through its child development centers. These centers are hosted and staffed by local churches in the region.
These centers take care of the children’s physical needs by providing nutritious meals every day, offering much-needed medical care, and teaching good hygiene habits in order to prevent the spread of disease. They address the children’s emotional needs by surrounding them with loving staff members. For many kids in the program, this is their first exposure to adults who care deeply about their well-being. They take care of the children’s spiritual needs by introducing them to God’s Word and His love for them.
How Compassion Works in Colombia
Compassion’s work in Colombia began in 1974. Today more than 59,500 children are being served by more than 219 child development centers throughout the country. Young lives are being changed daily in these centers, thanks to the generosity of Compassion’s donors. Yet for all of our impact, there is still much work to be done. Currently more than 7,000 registered children in Colombia are waiting to be sponsored.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Partnership Facilitators in coastal Colombia coordinate Compassion’s programs with local church leaders and lay people. They familiarize workers with Compassion’s specially designed curriculum and teach them to present it in ways that will reach the young people in the program.
The facilitators are passionate about their God-given calling to help those who are in need. Many oversee several different programs in the region. These men and women look into the depths of poverty and despair and see hope. They work in some of the worst conditions imaginable, yet they feel privileged to be able to deliver a simple and amazing message to the people in their care: that God has a plan for each one of them.