Why does it cost more to sponsor a child through Compassion than similar child sponsorship organizations?
Compassion is a holistic child development ministry that focuses on the full development of the child. Because of that, we release children from poverty, not merely sustain them through it. Many organizations focus on only one aspect of poverty.
Compassion also recognizes that the children we serve have unique needs and unique gifts. Therefore, we work at the grassroots level to identify and meet the specific needs of the world's poorest children through church partnership. In doing so, Compassion addresses the spiritual, economic, social and physical aspects of poverty so that children may become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.
In addressing the many needs of children by partnering with the local church, Compassion also relies heavily on the relational aspect of sponsorship. We encourage sponsors to have a close relationship with their sponsored children through consistent correspondence and communication, as well as personal visits. This separates us from other organizations.
Compassion is a Christian ministry that works through the local church, and therefore we do not accept government funds. This also distinguishes us from other child sponsorship organizations.
Compassion's holistic ministry is:
- Child focused – We are committed to making a difference in each child's life. Local staff is personally acquainted with each child to minister to his or her unique needs. We believe in ministering to individual children because they will be the ones to better their communities and nations in the future.
- Christ centered – We commit to honor Jesus Christ in all that we do. Every child who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
- Church based – We work exclusively through indigenous churches to create child development ministries so that church leaders and members around the world can become effective child advocates in their communities. Instead of throwing money at a problem, we believe in bringing long-term change.
- Committed to integrity – We commit to upholding the highest professional and biblical principles. We strive for excellence and exercise integrity to best benefit children in need.
By adhering to our core principles for nearly six decades, Compassion has become a leader among child development organizations and as such has often set the pace for other like organizations to follow suit in raising their sponsorship rates as well.
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