In 2001, we relocated our Global Ministry Center to the north side of Colorado Springs, Italy became a partner country and more than 400,000 children in 21 countries around the globe receive assistance through our Child Sponsorship Program.
50 Years of Releasing Children from Poverty in Jesus' Name
2002 marked 50 years of child development ministry, and we celebrated by expanding our Child Sponsorship Program into Nicaragua, bringing the total number of assisted countries to 22.
Survival of the Smallest
Building on the experience of our Meals and Meals-Plus program in the 1980s as well as our early child development program in the 1990s, we launched the first Compassion Survival interventions in Haiti, Peru, India and Ecuador in 2003. Compassion Survival focuses on home-based programming and includes the mother/parent/caregiver.
The home-based activities of Compassion Survival are an ideal way to accurately assess challenges and potential dangers for moms and babies, while providing customized education, mentoring and learning opportunities that will address their needs.
We also launched YouthPartnersNET in 2003 to take ownership of our work in the U.S. YouthPartnersNET provides services to a national network of ministries meeting leadership and practical needs in inner city and Native American communities.
Compassion Suisse opened in Switzerland in 2003, and we began our Child Sponsorship Program in Bangladesh that December.
South Korea became a partner country in 2004, and we began our Child Sponsorship Program in Burkina Faso.
In 2005, we began our Child Sponsorship Program in Ghana, and by 2006, we assisted more than 800,000 children in 24 countries.
In 2007, we provided a start-up grant to YouthPartnersNET to launch CityConnexx, a grassroots effort to meet the growing need to create direct relationships and collaboration between urban, suburban, rural and Native American communities in the U.S. Compassion Deutschland (Germany) became a partner country.
One AND a Million
In 2009, Compassion Togo became the newest country we work in, and Fellow Kpodo, a quiet 8-year-old boy in Togo, became our 1 millionth sponsored child.