Where Most Needed Fund

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

Natividad smiles at the camera
Nicaragua Staff
Grateful for Cooks Like Natividad

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 celebrating cooks like Natividad, who not only serves up delicious meals but also ensures that each child who comes through her kitchen is known, loved and protected.

Mauricio sits in his workshop
El Salvador Education
Grateful for Vocational Tutors Like Mauricio

For a child living in poverty, your letters bring hope, support and encouragement that can make a huge difference in their lives. Yet, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start.

Daniela with Cristina and Jade
Mexico Photojournalist Diaries
4 Joys of Working with Children in Mexico

Meet Daniela Velasco, the storyteller behind your favorite stories from Mexico! Go behind the scenes with this Compassion photojournalist as she shares four great gifts that her work brings to her life in each story she documents.

Belen sits by a lake
Mexico Staff
Grateful for Center Directors Like Belen

Belen has been a Compassion center director for 12 years. Discover her journey to finding her calling, the challenges of her role and what keeps her motivated.

Carlos with his sponsors
Guatemala Alumni Letter Writing
"Really? That was your favorite thing you ever got from your sponsor?!"

Read how one Compassion sponsor discovered that sometimes, the most meaningful thing to a sponsored child is the most unexpected. But be warned, you’ll probably never be able to pass up a tacky postcard again.

Sponsor a Child in Central America and the Caribbean