Your donation to the Where Most Needed fund will help us better serve children in extreme poverty.
One of the biggest contributors to global poverty is lack of access to education. The following facts about education are a snapshot of the problem and indicate how difficult it is for children in poverty to overcome the obstacles they face and escape their circumstances.
In order to effectively fight poverty around the world, the lack of education for children in developing countries, especially for girls, must be addressed.
Through our child sponsorship program we offer children in poverty the opportunity to go to school and/or stay in school. We give them the chance to change the facts about education and change their future. When asked which component of our program was most beneficial to them, more than one-third of formerly sponsored children said “educational support.” 5
When you sponsor a child, your sponsorship provides school fees, uniforms, books and supplies — without which children can’t attend school. Your money also provides basic necessities for the family so that child labor isn’t forced upon the child.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) directly parallel what Compassion does. But when it comes to goals and implementation we sometimes take a different approach. This is a quick analysis of the SDGs and how they most closely match our work, along with ways they overlap and differ.
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1 UNESCO Institute for Statistics Fact Sheet. September 2016, No. 38; 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day: Literacy rates are on the rise but millions remain illiterate.
2 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Out of School Children Policy Paper 27 / Fact Sheet 37, July 2016.
3 UNESCO, Education for All 2000-2015: Achievement and Challenges 2015.
4 World Bank Group. 2015. Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015: Ending Poverty and Sharing Prosperity. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0336-9. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO
5 Compassion International, Does International Child Sponsorship Work?, 2008.
6 UNDP. Human Development Report 2016. Human Development for Everyone.
7 UNESCO, 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (Gender Review: Creating Sustainable Futures for All).
8 UNESCO. 2017. Reading the Past, Writing the Future: Fifty Years of Promoting Literacy.
9 World Bank. 2016. Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-0958-3. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO