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Between North and South America is a colorful and varied region we call Central America and the Caribbean. This area boasts a geophysical variety from rugged mountains and volcanoes to tropical rain forests to palm-lined beaches. The population is primarily a mix between indigenous and African or European peoples.

This part of the world was the focus of European exploration and settlement during the 15th and 16th centuries.

More than 224 million people live in Central America and the Caribbean. The second half of the 20th century saw military dictatorships giving way to democratically elected governments in many Central American countries. However, the rapid rise of external debt and rampant inflation are key problems. In several countries, the desperation resulting from poverty, government neglect, corrupt politics, and limited economic progress has stimulated regional protest movements. In response, a number of governments have turned to brutal repression to end the protests.

Compassion first opened Central American and Caribbean child development centers in 1968 in Haiti. Since then, six more countries have been added to the effort. More than 250,000 children are being served in more than 1,365 child development centers. We're now working in:

Featured Stories from Central America and the Caribbean

Edwin and Ariadne hold their books
El Salvador Education
3 Powerful Ways Books Change Lives for Children in Poverty

Many children in poverty are not enrolled in pre-primary education because their parents don’t have enough money to purchase the required books. Here are three reasons access to books in early childhood is critical for young children, helping break down generational barriers to literacy and education success.

meeting Roger's family
Nicaragua
Beauty in Faith

"The center helped me become the person I am today," says Darling. "I learned the most important thing at the center… to love God above all else and to put my faith in Him because He will make a way." Learn how Darling’s faith carried her over obstacles and through a journey that helped break the cycle of poverty in her life.

Nicaragua Youth Development
Embossing the Future

As teenagers in Compassion’s program in Nicaragua, Santiago, Eddy and Juan discovered a passion for embossing. Now, they use it to help support their families during crisis.

Mexico Youth Development
Socially Distant, Emotionally Close

Meet Didier, a soccer coach in Mexico who refused to let the pandemic allow his Compassion-assisted athletes to feel alone.

El Salvador Survival
The Miracle of Melany

When Jaqueline was told that her newborn daughter had down syndrome, the world seemed to stop. She had no idea why this was happening to her. But with the support of the Compassion Survival Program, there was hope.

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