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Could Impacting the Life of One Child in Poverty, Change an Entire Community?

“We didn’t have money for food, and I was very scared” recalls Hilda, from Peru.

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No child should believe they are worthless when we can do something about it.

Once upon a time, in Peru, a young girl named Hilda believed that her life did not matter.

"We didn't have money for food, and I was very scared. I felt like nobody cared about me and I didn’t matter,’ Hilda remembers.

Hilda was born into a family of ten children, trapped in devastating poverty. Everyone in the family lived in one poorly constructed room.

Hilda’s father suffered a debilitating injury that robbed him of the ability to provide for his family. Suddenly there was no money for food.

With her family’s descent into poverty, it was going to take a miracle for Hilda to grow up nourished and educated.

Being sponsored was God's miracle for Hilda

sponsored child in Peru

When Hilda was 9, she was chosen by a Compassion sponsor and her life changed.

Through her sponsor’s support Hilda received received food, clothing, health checks and an education. She also joined a loving community that supported her dreams and ambitions.

Hilda began to believe that her life had value, and she had a future.

After successfully graduating from primary school, Hilda is now a university graduate and primary school teacher. She supports her family, and is now putting her sister through college.

Hilda’s transformation wasn’t instant. Her road to freedom was a long and hard one. It all started with a vital first step – someone choosing to be her sponsor.

As a result of being sponsored, Hilda's whole community is being positively changed. Impacting the life of one child, in Jesus' name, really is this powerful.

Are you in doubt about the impact of charitable donations?

If you are in any doubt about the impact of charitable donations, we invite you to watch Hilda’s story and see the proof that when you change the world for one child, you really do begin to change the world.

I learnt that I was special and that God loved me and that He had a plan for my life. If not for Compassion, it would have been impossible for me to achieve a university career. I thank God, my sponsors and Compassion for it.

Today, Hilda’s story is one of transformation and hope. When Hilda tells others of her road to freedom, people are profoundly moved.

Maybe you have considered donating to charities like Compassion UK so that you, also, can lend a hand to children like Hilda. Perhaps you have unanswered questions that prevents you from doing so with confidence and certainty?

Questions, are normal. Of course you have questions.

I've been asked this question many times

Compassion UK CEO Justin Dowds

In my role as CEO of Compassion UK and Ireland, I’ve been asked this question many times: "What would you say to someone who was thinking of sponsoring a child?"

My answer to the question above is always:

“Act on faith and become a sponsor. You won’t regret it! The sponsorship experience will transform you as well as the life of a precious child in poverty.”

Witness for yourself, how your valuable support can completely change the life of a child.

Be an agent of change and help children like Hilda stop the poverty cycle for their families and communities. Sponsor a child with Compassion today: 

Hilda is living proof that the cycle of poverty can be broken

In a world where nearly 400 million children live on less than £1.50 a day, Hilda is living proof that the cycle of poverty can be broken when one person – just like you – decides to do something about it.  

Hilda with class Peru

We offer an opportunity for Christians to respond to the Biblical call to care for the poor. 

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice ...
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Compassion works with the local church to provide children in poverty with life-changing opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

Your sponsored child is given the opportunity to go to school and receive regular medical check-ups.

Most importantly, children in our programmes have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

We work in 25 developing countries and over the last 66 years we have seen hundreds of thousands of lives changed through sponsorship.

Be an agent of change and help children like Hilda stop the poverty cycle for their families and communities. Sponsor a child with Compassion today: 

Your charitable actions become a message of God's hope & love

Hilda teaching

"I was waiting to get a letter from my sponsor and when it finally came I felt very happy and special. They were very loving in their letters. They loved me so much, even though we had never met in person!"

"At fifteen, I remember being so thankful for my sponsors and everything they did for me. I will remember them until the last day of my life. Without their help, my life would be so different!"

"All I can say is that you for so much love that showed me God's love!"

Today Hilda has graduated from university, and is a school teacher in Peru. She provides for her parents and siblings, and is a respected leader in her church and community. Hilda is even putting her younger sister through college!

Hilda has been totally empowered to stop the cycle of poverty in her family and her community. And it all started with one compassionate and God-driven sponsor.

Be an agent of change and help children like Hilda stop the poverty cycle for their families and communities. Sponsor a child with Compassion today: 


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