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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

pastor Daniel
Burkina Faso Education
Grateful for Pastors Like Daniel

Each week this month, we’ll share a child development center staff or volunteer’s story and celebrate the reasons we’re so grateful for their work with children in the field. This week, we’re introducing Pastor Daniel, who lives in a remote community of Burkina Faso where children struggle to complete their education and learn new skills. But alongside church staff, pastor Daniel is fighting to give them bright futures through education and training.

Samuel holds a photo of his sponsored child
Rwanda Sponsorship
Ever feel like you don’t have what it takes to make a difference?

When Samuel noticed the picture of the small boy from Rwanda, he knew that he wanted to be his sponsor. There was only one problem: Samuel was in the fourth grade and didn’t have $38 a month for sponsorship.

2 boys stand with their arms around each other
Uganda Global Food Crisis World Food Day
From Hunger to Hope

See the hope and joy that a simple bag of food can bring. Watch how food distribution day at this Compassion center in Uganda made these mothers so happy.

Zere and her children hold food given by the center
Ethiopia Global Food Crisis
"My Kids Would Have Starved": Families Rescued From the Brink

Two mothers in northern Ethiopia tell their stories of struggle and survival — and the blessings that God has brought their way through the local church and Compassion center.

a girl stands with a goat
What Really Happens When You Give a Goat?

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you give a goat to charity? Learn how a Ugandan family’s entire livelihood was transformed by livestock given through the Compassion Gift Catalog.

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