Compassion is the capacity to put love in action.
In 2021, the extreme poverty rate rose for the first time in 20 years. Yet your generosity, your voice, your love and your commitment to children living in poverty has had an incredible impact.
This is their story, and this is your story. Join us in exploring how you have helped release children from poverty in Jesus' name.
Over $97 million was raised in revenue thanks to you and all our generous supporters. Over 82% went straight to our programs.
An incredible 2.1 million children are assisted through the generosity of Compassion supporters globally, showing each child there is a hope more powerful than poverty.
Over 125,000 children are supported through Compassion Australia. Thank you!
Over 1,000 babies, plus their caregivers, are cared for through Compassion Australia and our Mums and Babies program.
More than 129,000 children, along with their families and communities, could benefit from Critical Needs projects like clean water, safe homes and new education opportunities.
More than 2.1 million children have the chance to hear the life-changing message of His love thanks to the help of friends like you. He is the ultimate source of hope: both for the immediate and the eternal.
They are building relationships with children and families, meeting urgent nutrition and healthcare needs, and encouraging and growing them spiritually.
As a sponsor, you’re personally connected with a boy or girl who knows your name and treasures the knowledge that you care about them.
Compassion’s holistic child development model is designed to help the most vulnerable and marginalised children around the world be released from poverty in Jesus’ name.
This model seeks to address each child's unique spiritual, socio-emotional, physical and economic needs.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. —Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
In Nicaragua, when Jessenia was eight months pregnant with her son José, she learned he weighed just 1.13 kgs and was severely malnourished. Her doctor told her she would need to go to a private clinic, something she and her husband could not afford.
Fortunately, Jessenia had registered with the local Mums and Babies Centre.
“The food, vitamins and medicines that she needed were too expensive. We help[ed] her with a personalized food package, the vitamins she needed to take and an appointment in a private clinic,” says Ericka, the centre coordinator.
In addition to the financial support, Ericka and the other local staff checked up on Jessenia daily, giving her emotional and spiritual support. Just before the baby was due, a final ultrasound showed miraculous results: José had gained nearly 2.5 kgs. Shortly after, José was born and both he and Jessenia were safe and well.
Poverty looks different for each child, but our goals stay the same: good health, good skills, good relationships and the opportunity to hear the Good News.
As a young girl, Jimena, her siblings and her parents lived in one room and had little food. "We survived how we could," she says. When she was seven, she was registered at the local Compassion child development centre. "It was great. It was a nice place where we had food."
Shortly after, Jimena was sponsored.
"They always wrote to me that they prayed a lot for my family and me. I value it a lot because they don't know me in person, yet they encourage me very much. I thank the Lord for giving me two people who support me. Even though I am far away, I know that I am in their prayers."
Jimena will soon graduate from the program. Her future looks bright: she is studying agro-industrial engineering and wants to honour God with everything she does.
Every Compassion assisted child will, at some point, require care beyond sponsorship’s reach.
For 15-year-old Emeline’s community in Rwanda, access to water meant a seven kilometre walk to the closest lake.
"I had to wake up around five o’clock in the morning. The first thing I had to do before I went to school was to fetch water so that Mother can have water to cook and do other chores at home," she says.
The lake water was used for washing and agriculture, meaning it was frequently dirty and unsafe to drink. When children drink contaminated water, they risk severe illness and even death from water-borne diseases.
“We would fall sick from diarrhea and typhoid because of the unclean water. Water is life, and without it, we can’t live," says Emeline.
Compassion’s local church partner in the community faced the same challenges, and they knew action had to be taken to help their community. Thanks to the generosity of Compassion supporters through Critical Needs, a safe water system was built at the local church.
"When the centre staff told us about the construction of the underground rainwater tank, we didn’t believe it would happen until we saw people constructing the water system," she says.
Six months later, in January 2021, the project was finished. "Now we have water a few metres from our houses!” says Emeline. “I’m grateful to my sponsor and the donors of this water tank for loving us and being thoughtful about our livelihood. I can now concentrate more in class without dreading going back to fetch water.”
COVID-19 and lockdowns have physically separated us from our neighbours. Yet rarely have we been able to empathise so closely—we're all in this together.
On top of COVID-19, the 2021 financial year brought hundreds of natural disasters, many of which destroyed homes or took lives. Natural disasters can take everything from children living in poverty, so urgent support in the aftermath is vital.
“We never know what will happen tomorrow. It is important that we are always prepared in life and always trusting God. It is also important to help others who are in need, like what our sponsors are doing for us. I am so grateful.” —Cyril, the Philippines
Over $1.6 million was raised to help children and their families as part of our end of financial year Restore Hope Appeal.
Watch our new The Good Neighbour docuseries and explore the reality of poverty and the impact of neighbourly care through stories from people around the world.
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Poverty is complex, and its causes are more than just a lack of income or material wealth. Read our Poverty Explored blog series to learn more.
Together, we can bring a hope more powerful than poverty.