You are part of a global neighbourhood.
For more than 70 years, Compassion’s neighbourhood has been releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. In partnership with local churches in 29 developing countries, support is driven and given by locals to locals.
Your love, generosity, advocacy and prayers have had an incredible impact in the lives of your global neighbours this year. Here you can explore how you and our local church partners have brought hope to the neighbourhood.
Thanks to your generosity 80% of our $100,404,133 income went to program development and delivery. The remainder was strategically invested to make an even greater impact for the children we serve.
An incredible 2.3 million children are assisted through the generosity of Compassion supporters globally, showing each child there is a hope more powerful than poverty.
That’s 124,720 children who are sponsored through Compassion Australia and are receiving holistic care. Thank you!
Over 1,400 babies and their caregivers are supported through Compassion Australia and our Mums and Babies program.
More than 133,000 children benefitted from Critical Needs projects like clean water, safe homes and new education opportunities funded fully or partially by generous Australians.
More than 2.3 million children have the chance to hear the life-changing message of His love thanks to the help of neighbours like you. He is the ultimate source of hope in the neighbourhood both now and eternally.
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 child 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 physical, cognitive, relational and spiritual 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 Burkina Faso, when Felicite was born, her mother Lucienne struggled to give her what she needed the most to survive: breastmilk. Feeding was incredibly painful and produced only a non-milk discharge. Felicite started to grow thin, but the family could not afford medical treatment for either baby or mother.
After a week of struggling to feed Felicite with only water and store-bought milk, Lucienne went to the local Compassion centre and their Mums and Babies program for help.
“I was about to shed tears when I saw little Felicite with very pale eyelids, dried lips, and her skin on the bones,” says Adeline, a local program implementer. “I knew she was unwell and severely malnourished.” The centre provided Felicite with bottles of fortified milk and paid for Lucienne to get the medical treatment she needed in hospital.
Now Lucienne has the support she needs to feed Felicite 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.
Por Nor Tha Church started in 1985 in a small, remote village in Thailand. No one could read or write except the pastor, who could share stories from the Bible.
“We wanted Compassion to come to our village to help us develop our children’s lives,” says Autumnporn, who became their first Compassion centre director when the partnership began in 2009.
When asked what has changed since then, she says, “When Compassion came, the staff trained us about child protection and self-value. They [the children] had their health check-ups and we learned that these are very important for a child’s development.”
Tirapon, the current centre director, says the same, “We can see the difference between the children who are registered with the program and the children who are not.”
Now, mature in their staff, program knowledge and resources, the church is ready to conclude their partnership but will continue children’s ministries in their community. “Though we might depart from Compassion, we will continue to teach our children to walk in a godly way,” says Pastor Nipon.
Every Compassion assisted child will, at some point, require care beyond sponsorship’s reach.
Maria’s husband worked long and hard, but as a day labourer his income was sporadic and barely enough to survive on. Already facing severe financial challenges, when their son Weslin developed an ear infection at four years old, they were unable to afford medical treatment. As a result, Weslin’s pain increased and he eventually lost his hearing.
“We did not know what to do,” Maria says. “As a mother, I had looked for different ways to help my son. One day, I was praying to God—and in the midst of my anguish, He showed me His mercy and love. My son entered the Compassion centre, where he has received a lot of help.”
The staff at the Compassion centre immediately recognised the problem and paid for Weslin to see a specialist. He was treated and fitted with hearing aids, and now he’s finding new delights in life.
The world is facing an unprecedented global food crisis. Hunger forces parents to make impossible choices to feed their families.
It strips away children's dignity and leads to missed learning, delayed development, child marriage, family violence, human trafficking and even death.
“Those food kits saved me and my children. Suffering from hunger is the hardest thing in this world,” says Marie, a mother from Togo.
But you have answered hunger with hope. With your support, over $3.5 million has been raised across appeals to provide more than 70,000 families with food packs and agricultural training to save lives and prevent ongoing hunger. Thank you!
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.