Where Most Needed Fund

Fourth largest of the earth's seven continents, South America is home to the majestic Andes mountain range and the mysterious Amazon River. The world's largest rain forest, with millions of species of exotic animals, is also found in South America.

There are more than 370 million people in South America's 12 countries, and as many as 80 percent of them live in the continent's urban centers. Although the 1990s saw improvements throughout South America, such as the replacement of several military dictatorial regimes by democratically elected governments, the continent's countries are still plagued by widespread human rights violations and poverty.

Compassion began working in Brazil and Ecuador in 1974 and we now serve more than 235,000 children in the five South American countries of:

Featured Stories from South America

Eduardo and Valdinar
Brazil Sponsorship
The 18-Year-Old Who Raised an Abandoned Baby as His Own
Valdinar was just 18 when he made the sacrificial choice to take in a baby boy. With the help of a local church, a sponsor and a compassionate woman, the unlikely family is thriving.
3 children hold a sign that says "What is your prayer today?"
Ecuador Prayer
Paper Airplane Prayers: See What 5 Kids Wrote to God
These children in Ecuador who lifted up their prayer requests on paper airplanes will melt your heart. Read what they wrote so you can join them in prayer!
a girl lays on the ground surrounded by vegetables
Peru Global Food Crisis
A Better Way to Feed Their Kids
As drought and cold killed their crops again and again, families in Peru received a brilliant solution from the local Compassion center: home greenhouses.
Juna and her family
Colombia Crisis Poverty
Growth Amidst Crisis—How Juna’s Family Started a Farm
The global food crisis is impacting families across the globe, including Juna’s. As food prices soar, Compassion centers continue to look for sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger. Read more below about how Juna and her family were equipped for growth in a time of crisis—literal growth on their very own farm!
Maria sits and reads a book
Bolivia Education
What Happens to a Girl When Her Relatives Are Prostitutes?

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.

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