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.

Compassion difference

Christ Centred

Jesus is at the heart of what we do. As a Christian charity we respond to God's call to love our neighbour and care for the poor. Whilst Christ's love motivates us, we help children and families from all backgrounds, regardless of belief.

Jesus is at the heart of what we do. As a Christian charity we respond to God’s call to love our neighbour and care for the poor. Whilst Christ’s love motivates us, we help children and families from all backgrounds, regardless of belief.

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Church Based

We run our programmes exclusively in partnership with local churches who know their communities inside out. During this season, this is particularly important as decisions about responding to urgent needs are being made by local people.

We run our programmes exclusively in partnership with local churches who know their communities inside out. During this season, this is particularly important as decisions about responding to urgent needs are being made by local people.

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Child Focused

We intentionally begin with children, the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty, COVID-19 and the current global food crisis. We support children in every area of their lives, tackling the root causes of poverty that hold them back.

We intentionally begin with children, the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty, COVID-19 and the current global food crisis. We support children in every area of their lives, tackling the root causes of poverty that hold them back.

Begin with a child like Francisco

When his dad was sent to prison, Francisco began living in his great grandfather's mechanic shop.

"My mother was left on her own with three kids … a heavy burden she could not bear. I was left in the care of my great-grandfather. I lived with him at his place of work – a mechanic shop.

... If my grandfather had not taken me to church, I don't think I'd be here today. I first met Jesus here at Compassion, at the church.

Having the emotional support of my whole project helped me to begin thinking differently about my life. I'm currently studying at university and this year I'll graduate as a technologist."


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

Empower a change-maker like Sandeep

“Every single morning, I went for shopping in the city dumpster … because that was the only place where I could get maybe a little bit of food … We had been thrown out of that little shanty and we were homeless.

And I thought I would be the next person to die on the streets.

… When my sponsor partnered with Compassion, and Compassion partnered with my local church, my life got changed … As someone started pouring into me, I started finding my identity in Christ.”

Get involved

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

Food Crisis Appeal

Our world is facing an unprecedented food crisis. We’re inviting you to come alongside our church partners as they take urgent action.

Summer Events

Discover where you can find us as we head out and about this summer events season! We'd love for you to come and say hello to our friendly team.

Job Opportunities

Browse our current job vacancies and consider joining a talented team where you can play your part in empowering children to overcome poverty. Working for Compassion is so much more than a job.

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 £28 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.

It’s powerful to see the difference you’re making in someone’s life. Through sponsorship, it has been encouraging to give a sense of hope to a child living in extreme poverty.

Vino, Slough

Vino, Slough

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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.