Help Families Affected by COVID-19

We’re all feeling the weight of COVID-19. But in the communities where Compassion works, things are becoming desperate.

Help restore what COVID-19 destroyed — provide for a family in poverty today. Help provide food, medical care and support during this pandemic.

Meet Jose! He’s holding a bag of groceries delivered by Compassion’s church partner in El Salvador

COVID-19 Will Hit Those in Poverty the Hardest

The Pandemic Problem

  • Parents who are already struggling to survive now can't even afford food.
  • If a family member does get sick, there’s no way for them to pay for a doctor, let alone medicine.
  • Parents desperate for work are losing their homes because they can’t pay rent.

The Compassion Solution

  • Compassion centers provide food and grocery vouchers for families who can no longer afford food.
  • Staff helps families access medical care and cover the costs of treatment.
  • Your donations help cover rent payments for families who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

To learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion and the children we serve, please click here.

Step In for a Child Who's Lost Their Sponsor

We know that a lot of financial strain has been placed on supporters like you during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past few months, many children around the world have lost their sponsors. These children, especially now, need to know that there is someone in this world who is cheering them on and praying for them. Someone just like YOU!! Step in for a child who's lost their sponsor today!

Sponsor a Child

Stories from the Field

Until March 15, life was normal for Hondurans. But that night, with the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19, life as they knew it changed.

The government completely shut down schools, churches, public transportation and more than 200 Compassion child development centers. Normally, these centers are where children receive food, education, medical help and access to the gospel message. For many of these children, it’s their only promised meal.

This picture captures the moment the Honduran Disaster Response Team showed up to Ivis’ grandma's house. Her reaction says it all. Compassion staff captured the moment she received a week's worth of groceries.

One staff member said, “I’m happy that along with my team we were able to visit the children’s home not only to leave them food groceries but to pray for them. We let them know that God is in control, and we look forward to seeing the kids back in the center soon.”

Make a Donation Today

Families in poverty have no safety net in times of crisis. Help provide food, medical care and support during this pandemic.

The Global Church is Responding

The Promised Land Baptist Church serves the needy “dumpsite” community of Payatas, which has become much more impoverished since the quarantine. Pastor Ganiban can’t resist distributing food using church funds and his own money, even his family’s own sack of rice.

The sign in the background says, “Please give us change, we have nothing to eat.”

Your Questions Answered

Our hearts break with the knowledge that some persons in the global Compassion family have succumbed to COVID-19. This pandemic has brought death to the doors of our frontline and supporting church partners, ministry partners, volunteers, and even our children and their loved ones. Please continue to pray for those who are impacted directly by this pandemic. Medical professionals predict the worst may be yet to come for the developing world, which is far more underprepared for testing and caring for COVID-19 patients than we have been in more developed nations. This means tracking the full impact on our ministry, the children and their families will be increasingly difficult in the weeks and months to come. We are doing our best to keep you informed of the effect this crisis is having on our ministry but always while respecting the privacy of those who serve alongside us. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

In some cases, where visits are permitted and staff can do so without putting themselves or others in harm’s way, local church staff members are visiting homes to check on the welfare of children and their families. When/where they cannot make personal home visits, they are using cell phones, texting and messaging apps to conduct regular welfare checkups.

Compassion staff are taking every precaution to protect the children in our program. We have suspended all international travel to our national offices and our frontline church partners through the end of June. This means we will not be permitting any international visitors to meet sponsored children, visit Compassion child development centers, or visit national offices.

We will be reassessing our travel policy throughout the coming weeks and may extend this travel suspension depending on the situation. As a regular part of our program, we also continue to teach hygiene to children in our program (and moms in our survival program), which reduces the spread of illness.

Thank you for your heart and willingness to help. Our local church workers around the world are courageously delivering essential items to desperate children and families. You can help provide additional resources for physical and medical support by giving toward Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Sponsor a Child Today!

When you sponsor a child, you’ll be personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought that you care. Your support of $38 per month provides life-changing opportunities such as:

  • an opportunity to attend or stay in school
  • medical care, which often saves lives
  • nourishing food
  • mentoring and a safe environment through a local evangelical church
  • and most important, opportunities to hear the gospel.

Compassion child sponsorship works! Millions of children have “graduated” from our program and are now responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Allow God to work through you in the life of a child in poverty. Sponsor a child today!

COVID-19 Can't Win

A young girl eats while smiling

This global pandemic threatens to undo years of progress for those in poverty. We can’t just stand by and watch. Join with the Church around the world to provide hope to those who have lost so much.

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What makes child sponsorship with Compassion unique?

Sponsoring a child with Compassion is the most cost-effective way to end extreme child poverty. It not only addresses a child’s immediate physical needs, it also builds self-esteem and self-respect. Although there are similarities across other child sponsorship programs, Compassion’s approach is unique because we are:



In response to God’s call to care for the poor, Compassion gives hope to the hopeless, meeting practical needs and sharing the good news about Jesus in a culturally relevant, unconditional way to all we serve.



Our child sponsorship ministry connects one child with one sponsor to help the child achieve his or her God-given potential. Sponsors write and receive letters, pray for and encourage their sponsored children and may even visit their children.



Every sponsored child is linked with a Christ-centered church in his or her community. Compassion partners with over 8,000 evangelical church partners in 25 countries around the world.

Friends of Compassion

Many Christian leaders, speakers and music artists pray for and sponsor a child through Compassion’s Christian child sponsorship program. They include Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, UNITED, Matthew West, for KING & COUNTRY, Louie Giglio, Candace Cameron Bure, Ann Voskamp and many others.

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Casting Crowns
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Ann Voskamp
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Candace Cameron Bure
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Matthew West
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For King & Country
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