Choosing to sponsor a child in Africa can change their life for good
For just 92p a day, you can be the tangible difference in one childâs life. Sponsor a child in Africa with Compassion and youâll ensure they have access to school, nutritious food, medical check-ups and emotional support.
Youâll give a child in need vital stability and security.
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5 tough issues facing African children
While there are regions of extreme wealth in parts of this diverse continent, many African children face the daily injustice of hunger and fear.
Thatâs why Compassion partners with local churches in eight African nations where children face the challenges of poverty to run our world-class child sponsorship programme. With your help, together we bring relief to the critical issues faced by many African children. Our programme empowers children to overcome extreme poverty in an ethical and effective way.
1. Education in Africa
12-year-old Monthe grew up amidst chaos. Her alcoholic father was unable to hold down a job. He wasted away the little money her mother managed to earn. Night after night, Monthe and her sisters went to bed hungry.
"My prayer was for Monthe to be registered in [Compassionâs child sponsorship programme] so she could start attending school," says Ruth, Monthe's elderly grandma. "I wanted her to have a decent chance at succeeding in life."
Thanks to one sponsor stepping out and taking action, Monthe was able to go to school for the first time. Montheâs sponsorÂ ensured she had the school fees, school uniform and nutritious meals she so desperately needed.
Iâd never worn shoes before in my life. I was very excited when I wore my new shoes and the school uniform.
EducationÂ facts to help you understand why sponsoring a child with Compassion is so important
Independent research conducted by Dr Bruce Wydick found that Compassion-sponsored children in Uganda completed an average of 2.47 years more years of schooling than their non-sponsored peers. Whatâs more, they were 10 percent more likely to complete primary school.
Sadly not all children are given this opportunity. Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa (African countries south of the Sahara) has the highest rates of education exclusion. This just isnât right. Every child deserves the chance to learn to read and write.
- One-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school.
- 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
- Girlsâ education is a major priority. Across the region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all, compared to 6 million boys.
Compassionâs child sponsorship programme is a highly strategic way of fighting child poverty and giving children the education they deserve. By sponsoring an African child today, you can give the next child the opportunity to sit at a desk and learn.
2. Sponsor aÂ child in Africa and give them access to healthcare
Have you ever been confronted with a distressing image of a starving African child on your TV or on the tube and not known how to respond?
At Compassion, weâre committed to protecting childrenâs dignity so we deliberately donât use images of starving children in Africa. And yet we do still want to be honest about the challenges children in some African countries face.
4-year-old Beatrice from Togo collapsed after suffering from malnutrition. âIf the project was not there for me, Beatrice would have died,â shares Beatriceâs grandmother. Thanks to Compassionâs partnership with the local church, she was given urgent medical care and now receives weekly food support.
Beatrice is not alone. The African regional office of the World Health Organisation has issued a report asking for urgent action to tackle malnutrition and healthcare challenges in Africa.
âUndernutrition is leading to catastrophic costs to individuals, communities, and to national healthcare systems in Africa,â explains Collins Boakye-Agyemang, WHO.
We're passionate about wanting to provide healthcare and support to babies and children in the greatest need. We know that our child sponsorship programme in Africa helps children in extreme poverty out of unimaginable daily challenges. Sponsorship gives them nutritious meals, health checks and education, providing safety and stability in their lives.
3.Â Orphaned children in Africa: Burdened before their years
âI sometimes look at others I grew up around and I try to imagine how my life would look if I hadnât come to the [Compassion] project. Most of them are living in addiction and terrible conditions. I often think to myself, if I hadnât come to the project, Iâd be living that lifestyle.â
At age 3 Sameson was given up by his mother. He barely knew his father. Left with his aunt, he laboured endlessly and alone in terrible conditions with little water.
âI was always sad when I was younger. I would just sit there crying, watching the cattle. I would sometimes hear other children talk about the love of their mothers and fathers and I would get very depressed. That is something not easily forgotten.â
âWhen I first came to Compassion, it was on a Saturday. I saw many children my age there. They were all playing. It was as if I had gone from one world to another. I was able to take a two-year training course, as a result of Compassionâs efforts. They paid for the schooling and arranged for me to take classes.â
Empowering the most vulnerable African kids
In global development communities, an orphan is defined as a child under 18 who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death. By this definition there are a staggering 52 million orphans in Africa.
On our website you can find details of children who have lost a parent and are waiting for a child sponsor. Start your sponsorship journey today by viewing their details.
âBecause of the certainty of our calling to end poverty, we persevere in the individual journey of each child in our programmes. Thank you for the part you are playing.â - Sidney Muisyo, Compassion Vice President of the Africa Region
3. Child labour: why sponsor a child in Africa like Ebenezer
Child trafficking is a very real threat to children in some African countries.
Ebenezer Agoa was just six years old when he was sent to work on Ghana's Lake Volta, a notorious hotbed of child slavery. Battling to take care of nine children, his grandma had been attracted by the traffickersâ promises to send Ebenezer to school and pay for his medical fees.
But the promises were lies.
For three years, Ebenezer worked the lake. He cast the nets and heaved them in until his shoulders burned and his hands cracked and bled. It took the courage of Henry Amanor, a Compassion project director, to step in and help free Ebenezer.
Through Compassionâs programme, Ebenezerâs sponsorship gave him a future. He was given the education, nutrition and support he needed to become a mechanical engineer.
Child labour in Africa
- This morning 72.1 million African children will wake up and go to work.
- One-fifth of all African children are involved in child labour, a proportion more than twice as high as in any other region.
- Nine percent of African children are in hazardous work, again highest of all the worldâs regions.
Like you, we want to protect African kids like Ebenezer and send them to school rather than the workplace.
Â 5. Facts about Africa: HIV-AIDS in Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly 90 percent of new HIV infections among children under 5. Weâre determined to be a helping hand for African kids who face the double-edged battle against both HIV and poverty.
At 18 months old, Precious was suffering from HIV, TB and malnutrition.
âWhen we first registered Precious, we were worried she wouldnât survive for two months,â explains Compassion Project Director Allen. But Precious has surpassed expectations. Sheâs now a lively two-year-old who loves dancing with her friends.
Conard, Preciousâ uncle, rejoices that the project provides a safety net of provision for his family.
Sponsor a child in AfricaÂ & transform their life
Note: Seeing Africaâs diversity
As a charity working in Africa, weâre committed to seeing and understanding Africa as a vast and diverse continent of one billion people spread over fifty six separate nations. Compassion works in eight African countries each with its own culture, climate and cuisine. In each of the African nations where you can sponsor an African child with Compassion, we only employ native staff who have a clear understanding of the unique culture theyâre working within.
Weâve put together these two handy guides to help promote an understanding of Africa as a continent:
Sources: UNESCO: Education in Africa, International Labour Organisation: Child Labour in Africa