Critical Program Needs

How we use the "Critical Program Needs" Fund

This fund is used for any pressing needs in our field countries. Your gift will be used to bring hope and care to children and families in whatever challenging situations they may face.

During the ongoing pandemic, we are continuing to meet immediate needs such as food and hygiene. But many regions are also shifting to focus on longer-term recovery and development issues, such as education recovery, ongoing medical expenses and income recovery.

Your gift to the Critical Program Needs fund will answer prayers for everything from new computers to building enhancements to HIV treatment.

Blue food nutrition iconBasic Nutrition

Clean water for drinking and showering, healthy food for those suffering from malnutrition

Blue line icon of stethoscopeHealth Care Needs

Medical visits, vaccines, dental care, and ongoing medical needs

Blue heart iconEducational Support

School fees, supplies and equipment necessary to ensure quality educations

100 Million
will fall below the minimum proficiency reading level because of COVID-19 school closures

140 Million
are projected to live below the poverty line because of COVID-19

6-7 Million
suffered from wasting or acute malnutrition in 2020



At two years old, Joycelyn was diagnosed with a kidney disorder, which led to constant hospital bills that her parents couldn't afford. "There was no hope," says Mary, Joycelyn's mother. "We borrowed money from the proprietor at the school and began accumulating debt."

"At that point, we were willing to do anything for our daughter," says Mary. "I went to the Compassion center, praying for help. By God's grace, they were registering children that day. It was like a weight waslifted from us!"

The family faced another crisis in March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to close, leaving Mary (a teacher) without an income. And Joycelyn, then 10 years old, suffered another episode of severe swelling and pain and had to be admitted to the hospital.

Thankfully, Compassion was able to step in, offering to pay for Joycelyn's ongoing treatment as well as supplying the family's basic needs and helping Mary look for work.

"I look at where we started and where we are now; because of Compassion, we are no longer in debt, and we always have food to eat. I know that as long as there is a God, it is well with my soul," says Mary.

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