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Africa is the world's second largest continent. Its 1.2 billion people belong to more than 3,000 different ethnic groups and speak more than 2,000 languages. After many years of colonial rule, most African countries achieved independence by the end of the 1970s, but today, many countries in Africa face major problems.

Hunger in Africa is devastating hundreds of millions of people, and nearly one-third (16) of Africa's 54 countries are counted among the world's poorest countries. From armed conflicts to drought and famine to epidemics of AIDS, cholera, Ebola, COVID-19 and other diseases, poverty in Africa is hampering the economic progress of its people and destroying their future.

Compassion's Africa child development centers, started in 1980, now serve more than 317,400 children in eight countries and are helping release children from poverty through programs encouraging the healthy development of all aspects of a child — spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and even economically.

Featured Stories from Africa

Critical Needs Ethiopia
Protection for Vulnerable Children
Abandoned by their mom, twin sisters Elisabeth and Alemtarik were raised by their hardworking father. When his health began to fail, Compassion staff was there to ensure the girls would never again be left behind.
Sponsors and Donors Togo
How Sponsors Helped Reunite a Family in Africa

The Church steps up to help a girl missing her father.

Critical Needs Tanzania
Healed From Seizures

A head injury left James suffering seizures several times a day. After 11 years and countless trips to the hospital with no permanent solution, Compassion helped to restore his childhood.

Youth Development Tanzania
Gibson's Legacy

Every week Gibson faithfully shows up at his church to teach welding skills to children in Compassion’s program. He acts not just as a teacher and instructor but also as a mentor and father figure, believing God has called him to leave a legacy in the next generation.

Child Sponsorship Rwanda
"I'm a Changed Father ..."

Viateur, father to 16-year-old Claude, was a violent alcoholic before Claude entered the Compassion child sponsorship program. Find out about the transformation Viateur experienced and how peace found its way into the family’s home.

Sponsor a Child in Africa