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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

Ecuador Easter
5 Quotes That Show These Kids Understand Easter

Enjoy reading about the meaning of Easter in the words of Compassion children from Ecuador.

Brazil Child Sponsorship
The Power of a Letter

Among many other challenges in her life, 11-year-old Kaylane mourns the loss of a parent and faces bullying from classmates at her school. But because of her sponsor’s letters, Kaylane knows she is deeply loved and supported.

Colombia Child Development
No Longer Afraid

Eight-year-old Neriana experienced so much anxiety from the pandemic that her blood sugar levels skyrocketed. But with the support of Ester, a dedicated Compassion tutor, Neriana found peace.

Survival Ecuador
Teen Mom Realizes She’s Never Alone
Lesly and baby Sebastian receive the spiritual and physical support they need after joining Compassion’s Survival Program.
Child Development Workers Bolivia
Protection Against Loneliness
Follow Jael, a Compassion staff member who spends her days visiting moms and babies living in desperate poverty — as she helps guard against the loneliness and isolation that many might feel.

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