Unsponsored Children

Solidarity and Compassion in the Face of Suffering

The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually on September 5. First observed in 2013, the International Day of Charity calls the world to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering. It promotes volunteer and philanthropic activities to mobilize people and bring resiliency and inclusiveness to society.

The International Day of Charity commemorates the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace."

"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."
  — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

Charity and Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty plan the world community has embarked upon. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the global community’s efforts to transform the world. Charity will play a pivotal role in the plan’s success.

Charity helps alleviate the suffering of natural disasters and international conflicts. It helps advance culture and science, helps protect the marginalized and underprivileged, and supplements research and services in health care, education and child protection.

For the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be reached, the global community must come together with charity in the heart and service on the mind.

"Charity is a contributor to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding among people."  — UN Resolution 67/105

Charity That Makes a Difference

Child sponsorship is one of the best methods for helping people escape extreme poverty and suffering. In fact, it’s considered by some economists to be the most effective long-term development intervention for helping the poor.

Child sponsorship is not charity that creates dependence; it’s charity that directly contributes to sustainable development of individuals, communities and countries.

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Our Child Sponsorship Program is implemented by the local church in the countries where we work. We have thousands of local church partners tailoring our holistic child development model to the contextualized needs of the children they serve.

The minimum standards for our program dictate that each child development center provide four to eight hours of programming each week, at least 48 weeks out of the year, and that individual child attendance be taken each time the center is open. The child development center workers and church leaders running the program know each and every child they serve, investing in the child personally and relationally, as friends and mentors.

Through our Child Sponsorship Program we address every major aspect of a child's well-being, every element that he or she needs to survive, develop and thrive. We work to address each child's spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. A child with unique needs will benefit from additional and specialized assistance provided by our initiatives to meet other critical needs.

We help a child grow physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, while also providing economic assistance to the child’s family and offering a future of sustainable economic self-provision.

Child Sponsorship With Compassion Provides:

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that unlocks the potential within their heart

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to defeat illiteracy and provide critical skills

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to protect against malnutrition

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Health Care

to fight back against disease and sickness

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Christ-centered Guidance

through a local church to overcome fear and hopelessness

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Recreational Activities

to protect from crime, violence, and danger

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How We Help Unsponsored Children

Approximately 90,000 children are enrolled in our programs while they wait for a sponsor. When we register a new child, it takes an average of three months to find a sponsor for that child. Because of the Unsponsored Children fund, these waiting children may immediately receive some of the same benefits as sponsored children.

Your donation to the Unsponsored Children Fund will speak hope into the heart of a child by supplying critical resources and the opportunity to be included in the sponsorship program while they wait for a sponsor.

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Basic Medical Care

Health assessments and nutritious meals to combat hunger

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Educational Support

Reading, writing, and math lessons and training in proper hygiene

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Christ-centered Guidance

An opportunity to hear about God’s love for them

600 Million
around the world

because of poverty

3 Months
for those registered

Sources: www.childinfo.org, www.crin.org, www.who.int, www.unaids.org, www.unicef.org

These Unsponsored Children are Waiting for Sponsors.

We'd love your help in releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

Will you nurture and cultivate hope within the heart of one of these children? Are you ready to sponsor a child?

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Have Questions About Compassion and How We Work?

Donating to a charity is an important decision. So when you’re passionate about a cause and want to make a difference, we encourage you to do your research. Compassion is 100% committed to financial integrity, stewardship and using each dollar wisely. If you have any questions about Compassion or exactly how your donation will be used, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Please call us at 800-336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT, to speak with a Compassion representative.