For children living in inaccessible conflict areas:
We’re so grateful for your faithfulness in continuing to send sponsorship donations. Although we’re not able to distribute funds in this area at this time, your donations will be safely held in a special account at Compassion’s global headquarters. Once the suspension is removed, the held funds will be distributed to your sponsored child’s development center. You can continue to send letters if you would like, but please be aware that letters will be held for delivery until we are able to reestablish communication with our frontline church partners in the affected areas. Sponsors with children affected by suspended operations have been notified.
For children living in areas of Ethiopia still accessible to Compassion:
Currently the delivery of letters in Ethiopia is paused to allow our staff and church partners to focus on meeting the critical needs of children and families at this time. You may continue writing your sponsored child(ren) and sending letters, but please know they will be held for the time being until we are able to deliver again. We ask that you do not mention the conflict in your letters. The circumstances are extremely sensitive and discussing the nature of the political conflict may put children or families at risk.
However, if your sponsored child does speak about the conflict in their letters, here are some suggestions to help you respond:
- While you may acknowledge the situation is challenging, please refrain from commenting on the nature and details of the conflict and be sure not to criticize any of the parties involved in the conflict.
- Be sensitive and gentle as you write. Think carefully about all your words.
- Encourage. Let them know that although you don't exactly know what they're going through, you're thinking of them. Encouraging words and Bible verses remind them that they’re not alone — and that you’re thinking of and praying for them often.
- Pray. Let them know that you’re regularly praying for the situation they shared with you. Tell them that you're praying for their family members by name (if you know them).
We also ask for your patience as some letters may be delayed during this time. However, please do continue to write. Your letters are treasured, and your encouragement is hugely valuable.