About us

Compassion is a Christian international holistic child development organisation

Through our Child Sponsorship Program, more than 1.8 million children are currently being released from poverty in Jesus’ name. With over six decades of experience, Compassion’s unique approach to solving poverty works: research proves it.

The Compassion Difference

Our response to poverty is different. Our focus is one child at a time. We build long-term relationships between children and their local church family.

Children are very precious to God, yet they are often the hardest hit by poverty. Poverty is often defined as living on less than $1 per day. But poverty is complex.

Why Compassion?

Our Child Sponsorship Program doesn't just address children's physical needs, but the needs of their heart, mind and soul. Here's how we're different.


We love children

Our Child Sponsorship Program meets the specific needs of each individual child. When you become a sponsor, you're personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought you care about them


We love the church

Our program is run entirely by local Christian churches in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. Why? Local churches are experts on their community's needs. We equip them with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty


We love Jesus

Jesus is at the heart of what we do. Each of the 1.8 million children in our program has the chance to hear the life-changing message of Jesus' love. We believe Jesus is the ultimate source of hope: both for the immediate and the eternal

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© Copyright Compassion 2018 - Since 1952 we are passionate about empowering all children to overcome the obstacles poverty puts in their way. We focus on one child at a time, linking them with one sponsor who releases them from poverty.
Compassion South Africa is served by Compassion Italy