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The Poorest Countries in the World are Home to the Poorest Children

The world’s poorest countries are home to hundreds of millions of poor children in desperate need. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.90 per day, and according to UNICEF, 387 million (19.5 percent) of the world’s children live below this poverty line.1

Families and children living in extreme poverty in the world’s low- and middle-income countries lack access to clean water, healthcare, social services, educational opportunities and social capital. They are vulnerable, powerless and fear for their futures. An estimated 15,000 children under the age of five die every day, and more than half die from preventable or treatable causes.2 This translates into the unnecessary loss of more than 5 million young lives a year; half of which die in the first month of life.

The conditions that poor kids live in make a health condition that would be a nuisance to a child in the United States deadly to a child in poverty.

Providing Hope for Poor Children in Some of the World's Poorest Countries

The world's poorest countries are countries the International Monetary Fund ranks as having the weakest economic power. They are countries the United Nations categorizes as the poorest and weakest segment of the international community. Their low level of development is characterized by unequal income distribution, scarcity of financial resources and weak institutional support structures. Many experience political instability and internal and external military conflicts. The economies are largely agrarian, unproductive and not invested in. They rely heavily on exporting a few commodities which means they are highly vulnerable to trade shocks and economic crises.

Compassion works in eight of the world's poorest and least developed countries. We bring hope to the children living in these countries through our holistic, long-term child development model, education and medical assistance programs, survival and youth development interventions and disaster relief efforts.
Make a donation to help address the spiritual, economic, social and physical needs of poor children and provide them an opportunity to escape the generational cycle of poverty.
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HOW WE USE THE “WHERE MOST NEEDED” FUND

Your donations are reserved into a general fund that can be used to provide for a variety of essential needs faced by children in poverty.

Donations to Compassion's Where Most Needed fund provide not only essentials and life-saving care, but resources necessary to accomplish our mission – including personnel, materials, buildings, and equipment. Your tax-deductible donation is stewarded by Compassion to provide for children around the world in immediate need.

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BASIC NUTRITION

Clean water for drinking and showering, healthy food for those in poverty

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HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Provides medical visits, vaccinations, and counseling for children who have experienced trauma

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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Supplies for schools and workshops, equipment and furniture for Child Development Centers

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HOW WE HELP TO EDUCATE

Compassion’s Educational Needs fund allows a student to stay in school and receive an education that enables them to overcome poverty.

The Educational Needs fund provides the resources for children to go beyond their primary education. Contribute to this fund today to keep a student in school.

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CLASSES & SUPPLIES

Textbooks, postsecondary courses, test and lab supplies

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RECREATIONAL SUPPORT

Playgrounds, libraries, and computer labs

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NURTURING SUCCESS

Literacy and financial training for caregivers and vocational training

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HOW WE MEET MEDICAL NEEDS

Families in poverty simply cannot afford to get treatment for their sick or hurting child. The Medical Assistance fund is used to provide for the medical expenses of children.

Your donation will improve the quality of life for a child living in poverty. Provide toward their medical expenses today.

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CRITICAL CARE

Surgeries, transplants, casts, wheelchairs and canes, cancer treatment, hearing and eye care, and dental needs

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EMOTIONAL CARE

Counseling for children who’ve been injured in a traumatic accident, and funeral expenses in the worst-case scenarios

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HOW WE HELP MOTHERS AND BABIES

From pregnancy through infanthood, Compassion Survival offers help that moms and babies desperately need to survive and thrive. For nearly 15 years, Compassion's church-based Survival initiatives have been saving lives and helping babies thrive. With the help of donors like you, Compassion supports more than 19,000 mothers and their babies each year at over 800 local church partners around the world.

Each Compassion Survival center is staffed with warm, caring, knowledgeable individuals that serve mothers and babies extremely well. Your donation gives children under 1 year old a head start toward a healthy life! When a baby reaches one year of age, he or she is ready to be sponsored by a generous donor like you.

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BASIC NUTRITION

Clean water, healthy food, vitamins, and monthly growth monitoring

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HEALTH CARE INTERVENTIONS

Pre and post-natal care for mother and baby, critical medical resources, and immunizations

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SUPPORT & LOVE

Home visits, emotional community support, parenting workshops, one-on-one coaching, infant cognitive support

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World's Poorest Countries

Compassion International works with children living in several of the world's poorest countries, including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda, Togo, Tanzania and Uganda. These nations and others, including Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic, have some of the worst conditions and the hardest circumstances for poor kids to survive. For the poor children living in these nations life is not easy or comfortable.

Poor kids registered in our child development program live in high-risk circumstances. The thousands of local churches we partner with in low- and middle-income countries throughout the world help these highly vulnerable poor children by assisting with basic human needs for clothing, shelter, nutrition, water and sanitation. They address health care needs by providing medical visits, vaccinations, and critical care assistance, and they offer educational support to allow students to attend or stay in school.

In the world's poorest countries, opportunities to break the generational cycle of poverty are hard to come by. Your tax-deductible donation gives poor kids a chance and offers children hope, where before there was none.

Sources:

1 UNICEF. Child Poverty. August 2017. data.unicef.org/topic/child-poverty/

2 World Health Organization. September 2018. www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/children-reducing-mortality