HIV and AIDS Initiative

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

Uganda Global Food Crisis
He Grew Up Hungry. Now He Fights Hunger With Science.
A graduate of Compassion’s program in Uganda, Collins is on a mission to ensure everyone has enough to eat.
2 young girls
Ethiopia Global Food Crisis
How Kindness Filled Empty Stomachs and Classrooms
Hunger leaves many students without energy to focus, so no lunch means no school for many children. Learn how Compassion staff, supporters and local mothers in Ethiopia showed Christ-like kindness to bring children back to the classroom.
Uganda Education
Meeting the Couple Who Put Him Through College
After a childhood in poverty, Samuel is now a Ph.D. student in Uganda. Recently, he met the sponsors who helped transform his life through education.
Burkina Faso Crisis Poverty
Hunger in a Refugee Camp During the Global Food Crisis
The global food crisis is impacting millions, but none more than hungry children in poverty. When Wennefangdé’s family’s village was attacked, they lost their farm and went to live on the outskirts of a camp for displaced people.
the family stands outside their home
Kenya Child Sponsorship
From Crime to Faith: How Sponsorship Helped Lead a Family to Christ
Have you ever wondered how sponsorship impacts the life of not just one child but the lives of their parents and siblings as well? This story shows how giving the gift of sponsorship changed Nabore’s life and brought her parents away from crime to faith in Christ.

Sponsor a Child in Africa