Health and Parenting Skills

On the Frontlines of Poverty

The International Day of Families is held annually on May 15. First held in 1994, the International Day of Families helps raise awareness about the many issues relating to and affecting families, including healthcare, education, violence, discrimination and gender inequality.

In his message for the 2016 International Day of Families, then United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted "families are on the frontlines of our global efforts to realize the bold and inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

Sustainable Development and Families

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), was adopted by the United Nations in 2015. It defines the scope of the global community’s work to transform the world. The Sustainable Development Goals focus on:

  • ending poverty
  • promoting shared economic prosperity
  • protecting the environment
  • improving the human condition

Helping families is necessary in order to successfully accomplish the goals, and supporting families is particularly connected to the first five SDGs.

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Family-oriented laws, policies and programs help children grow into adults and help adults become valued and productive contributors to society, both economically and socially.

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The Crucial Role of Families in Society

Families are the bedrock upon which society is built.

In a 2010 report to the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General recognized the crucial role families have in social development.

"[Families] bear the primary responsibility for the education and socialization of children as well as instilling values of citizenship and belonging in the society. Families provide material and non-material care and support to its members, from children to older persons or those suffering from illness, sheltering them from hardship to the maximum possible extent."

The crucial role that families play in society is disrupted by poverty. Poverty disrupts how families function. Poverty reduces family stability and security, abets risky behavior, limits quality time together and hinders access to family help resources. And in times of disaster, stress and heightened vulnerability the help and protection strong families provide family members becomes more important.

In this context, we assist families by offering:

  • Parenting and marriage workshops
  • Hygiene and sanitation classes
  • Domestic violence and child abuse prevention seminars
  • Literacy assistance and training
  • Disease awareness and prevention classes
  • Support from a community of caring parents

1.4 Million
are preventable through breastfeeding education

frequently in their home

300 Million
are estimated to go to bed hungry, everyday


Invest in the Lives of Parents and Their Families

Your donation to the Health and Parenting Skills fund allows us to invest in the lives of parents and families in low- and middle-income countries, teaching and equipping them to raise healthy and responsible children.

Many parents of Compassion-assisted children struggle to raise their children in the harsh circumstances of extreme poverty. Donate today, and help parents become confident family leaders!

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Basic Educagtion

Adult reading and writing skills

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Health Care Education

Disease awareness and prevention and hygiene and sanitation classes

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Emotional Support

Parenting and marriage workshops, seminars for domestic violence and child abuse, and community support

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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.