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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

Emanuel and his family
Tanzania Alumni
Alumnus Builds a Better Life For His Family

Years after graduating from the Compassion program, Emanuel has built a family of his own, and they live free from poverty. Emanuel is now a professional welder thanks to the skills he learned at his Compassion center in Tanzania.

a girl kneels and prays
Uganda Prayer
They Said Her Father Would Die. But Lynet Knew Nothing is Impossible for God.

A faithful 12-year-old in Uganda shares how prayer carried her family through a terrifying experience.

meeting Roger's family
Uganda
Artistic Advocacy

When Rebecca came home from her trip to Uganda, she decided to take on a bigger role in the fight against poverty. How was she going to do it? She would start by picking up a paint brush.

mom and baby
Rwanda Survival
Saving Sabine

Love has no limits, and motherhood extends beyond biology. This Mother’s Day, we honor women who love extravagantly despite unfathomable obstacles — women like Nadia, who was faced with a terrifying situation when she heard cries in the Rwandan bush.

Uganda Malaria
Education Empowers Mother, Saves Children

As we remember World Malaria Day on April 25, we honor Amina and her powerful story. "What happened to me should never happen to any other mother," says Amina. "If it wasn’t for this center and the church, I was going to lose these babies, too."

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