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The Compassion difference

Our approach to fighting poverty is highly focused and personal. We show every child that they matter, linking them with one sponsor whose support gives them hope and a future.

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Christ Centred

As a Christian charity we respond to God's call to care for the poor. Whilst Christ's love motivates us, we help children from all backgrounds, regardless of belief.

As a Christian charity we respond to God’s call to care for the poor. Whilst Christ’s love motivates us, we help children from all backgrounds, regardless of belief.

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Church Based

We believe that the Church is the hope of the world. We run our programmes exclusively in partnership with local churches who know their communities inside out.

We believe that the Church is the hope of the world. We run our programmes exclusively in partnership with local churches who know their communities inside out.

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Child Focused

We intentionally focus on caring for children, the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty. We support children in every area of their lives, tackling the root causes of poverty that hold them back.

We intentionally focus on caring for children, the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty. We support children in every area of their lives, tackling the root causes of poverty that hold them back.

Empower a child like Angelyn

Angelyn's world fell apart when she discovered her dad was dealing drugs.

"One day I opened the door and I just saw drugs," she says.

"Every time my classmates asked me about my family or what's the occupation of my parents I didn't tell them directly the truth because I was ashamed ...

Now my father has stopped selling drugs because he has seen that I am a new person! Whenever his friends are in our house he always tells them, o my daughter, she is so excellent and she is doing great. I am very grateful.

Having a sponsor is a great impact to me because it helps me be strong. It motivates me, it encourages me"


Build relationship with a child like Violet

"We have three great daughters who have had such amazing opportunities growing up in the UK and we felt we wanted to give some of that back to girls around the world.

We had the incredible opportunity to go to Uganda and meet one of our sponsored children, Violet. Because we were told Violet was shy, we weren't expecting the moment when she ran to us. There was no stopping her! It was like we'd known each other ever since she was born, and we'd been apart for so long.

Violet has no parents. She has a lot of half siblings and cousins and two grandmothers. The only income they have is when they sell a goat to get income to pay bills. It was incredible to see first-hand that sponsorship and the Compassion programme was empowering her and supporting the whole family." Paul and Linda Coleman, Norwich

Develop a leader like Sameson

Angelyn's world fell apart when she discovered her dad was dealing drugs.

"My name is Sameson Tilahun. When I was five-years-old my mother left me at my aunt's house. I didn't realise she wasn't coming back for me. Nobody spoke my language and I didn't have enough to eat.

I can still remember the day when our neighbour took me to the Compassion project. It felt like I had gone from one world to another. At the project I was given extra tuition. I was taught woodworking and this is how I now make an income. I run my own woodworking business.

My old project arranged for sponsored children to learn training from my workshop. I'm very happy to be a role model. Looking back, I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given."

Get involved

Use your passions, time and resources to bring hope to vulnerable children around the world.

Lunchtime with Compassion

Lunchtime with Compassion

Join us for our great new series of online events, most Thursdays at 1pm! Hear an informative update on what sponsored children and their families are facing during this time from one of our staff 'on the ground'.

Keep volunteering

Keep volunteering

Discover how you can use your unique passion and giftings to change the lives of children in poverty, even during COVID-19. Learn more about how you can join a community of world-changers.

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

For those who live in extreme poverty, everything about COVID-19 is magnified: the risk, the fear, the uncertainty, the life-and-death realities. Give now to enable our church partners to provide children, families and wider communities with hygiene supplies, food and housing security.

Why choose Compassion as your Christian charity?

Discover why more than 86,000 people are changing lives with Compassion UK.

It’s so easy to spend £25 a month on coffees, magazines and treats without really thinking about it. But for the same cost each month you could change a child’s life and make a real difference.

Paul and Linda Coleman

Paul and Linda Coleman

Compassion child sponsorship is a beautiful way of connecting us to our global neighbour and reminding us that loving the poor is at the core of the gospel.

Andy Hawthorne - Founder and CEO of The Message Trust

Andy Hawthorne
Founder and CEO of The Message Trust

Nothing will ever change your life, break your heart or help you see the world the way God does, more than sponsoring a child. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

Shelley Moore - Bournemouth.

Shelley Moore
Bournemouth.

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Get a little compassion delivered straight to your inbox with our monthly prayers and stories email. Make a difference by praying for children in poverty around the world.

Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.

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