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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

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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.
Togo Global Food Crisis
Trying to Get by With Less
A family of five in Togo faces rising fertilizer costs and low crop yields, leaving them desperate. Explore how inflation affects families we serve around the globe and discover how the church is providing them with critical food support.
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Ethiopia Crisis
Churches That Rescue: Hanna’s Story
Hunger is relentless. For a pregnant mother like Hanna with two children and an unborn baby on the way, the need for nourishment never stops. Amid this global food crisis, when hunger threatens the lives of many moms and children, Compassion’s church partners are on the ground to provide lifesaving support. Continue reading to hear Hanna’s rescue story.
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Ghana Emergency Food Packs
Difficult Decisions: Is There Enough For Everyone?

Director Godwin and his staff at a Compassion center in Ghana are striving to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families, providing food baskets to ensure children have enough to eat. But will they have enough baskets to meet the increasing need?

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Kenya Alumni Child Sponsorship
How a Legacy of Sponsorship Led My Mom and I to Kenya

As a child, my mother was sponsored in Compassion’s program in India. As an adult, she helped give our family the opportunity to sponsor a child too — and to travel across the world to meet her. Here’s our story.

Sponsor a Child in Africa