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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

Bolivia
Gold Medal in Development

Early childhood development is essential — but in a project in Bolivia, they also made it FUN! See how Compassion staff made things like crawling, building with blocks and finger painting into a fun showcase!

Colombia
Speaking Against the Lies

“I’m just stupid.” Sharith spoke those words often. But when she said them to the staff at her Compassion center, they knew they needed to speak out against that lie. Read how they used every resource they had to help this struggling little girl.

Peru
A Father Bakes to Provide

Because of the generosity of Compassion supporters, Jose, a father in Peru, is able to open his very own bakery in the community, nearly tripling his former income as a farmer and helping to provide for his infant daughter, Ariana.

Bolivia Child Development
Unexpected Daughter

Ten-year-old Nayely announces she’s going to change out of her slip-on flats, then disappears inside her adobe home.

Colombia Child Survival
"When I Saw David, Everything Changed."

A baby born with severe physical disabilities becomes a source of joy for his entire family. See how the Survival program helped support David and his family.

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