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Sponsor a child and change a life

Sponsor a child today and give them life-changing support including food, education, health-checks and the care of local church. Child sponsorship with Compassion is a unique relationship where you bring real hope and lasting change to a child’s life. Sponsoring a child for £25 a month will change a child’s life – for good.

Sponsor a child today and give them life-changing support. Child sponsorship with Compassion is a unique relationship where you bring real hope. Sponsoring a child for £25 a month will change a child’s life – for good.

Jafet Loammi Santiago Gonzalez

Waiting for 60 days
8 years old
Jafet Loammi Santiago Gonzalez

Nohemy Elizabeth Avilez Andrade

Waiting for 4 months
4 years old
Nohemy Elizabeth Avilez Andrade

Fabiola Charles

Waiting for 21 days
10 years old
Fabiola Charles

Jhon Ariel Mamani Sullcata

Waiting for 49 days
5 years old
Jhon Ariel Mamani Sullcata

Hashlein Xunaxi Flores Matus

Waiting for 7 days
9 years old
Hashlein Xunaxi Flores Matus

Henry Denis Tugulinago Quimbiulco

Waiting for 7 months
4 years old
Henry Denis Tugulinago Quimbiulco

Puwakkotuwa Walawwage Sasidu Saranga

Waiting for 8 months
4 years old
Sri Lanka
Puwakkotuwa Walawwage Sasidu Saranga

Marbella Paola Hernandez Tial

Waiting for 2 months
9 years old
Marbella Paola Hernandez Tial
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Got questions? Call our friendly team on 01932 836490 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

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See how child sponsorship can change one life

As a child, poverty began to speak to me, I felt I was nothing, that I didn’t matter … nobody cared to know my name”

I got the news that a young lady, Heather, she was just 15 years old, a teenager, she had decided to sponsor me. I cannot find the words to describe the joy that filled our home. ‘Richmond you’ve got a sponsor, you can now go to school.’

Why your child sponsorship support is effective

For just £25 a month your child sponsorship will …

Empower one child to overcome physical, spiritual and emotional poverty, for good.

Ensure one child receives nutritious meals, regular check-ups and the support of local church community.

Give one child in poverty the education support they need for a brighter future.

Why choose Compassion UK for sponsoring a child?

Compassion child sponsorship works

Independent research Dr Bruce Wydick, Journal of Political Economyshows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and leaders in their churches and communities.

14-18% more likely to have salaried employment as adults.

30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities.

27-40% more likely to finish their secondary education.

Excellent stewardship

Compassion has been recognized for excellent stewardship by the Fundraising Regulator. We conduct regular internal and external audits in our field offices and in the UK.

In financial year 16/17, for every pound given in child sponsorship donations.

88p spent on charitable activities 80p directly benefitting children in poverty
8p support costs

12p spent on fundraising and finding the next sponsor

66 years’ experience advocating for children

Compassion has been trusted charity since 1952.

Direct one-to-one child sponsorship

The child you choose to sponsor today will directly receive the benefit of your sponsorship support.

Church-based child sponsorship

We run our child sponsorship programme exclusively in partnership with local churches who fully understand their local communities.

What will your sponsorship donations actually change?

For £25 a month, you’ll directly provide your sponsored child with:

  • School uniforms and resources
  • Medical check-ups and nutritional meals
  • Vocational training to equip them for the future
  • The support of the local church where there are opportunities to hear the gospel
  • Letters from you translated into their language
  • A unique relationship with you that brings real hope and positive change

How child sponsorship works

Our church partners reach the children in the greatest need.

Staff who know their communities inside out identify the children most in need of your sponsorship support. Children are given help regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.

We start searching for a sponsor, like you.

Once registered in the Compassion Programme, we look for one sponsor to support each child.

One Compassion sponsor starts to empower one child.

When you start sponsoring, your donations will immediately begin to support your child's education, health-checks and development. You enable your sponsored child to go to school and church-based Compassion project.

The cycle of poverty is broken!

Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities.

Sponsors exchange letters with their child.

As sponsor you'll exchange letters and cards with your sponsored child, getting an insight into their world and the difference you're making to their health, happiness and development.

Child sponsorship and me

More than 86,000 people sponsor a child through Compassion UK. Once you choose to sponsor, you too can begin to share in joy of bringing hope to a child in need. You can join the thousands who’ve chosen to take a stand against child poverty.

We would encourage anybody to sponsor, it’s so easy to spend £25 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, not only to them but their whole family. — Paul and Linda Coleman, Norwich

My husband and I sponsor two children with Compassion. Compassion is a tremendous organisation providing direct, vital services to children and their families. The impact trickles down to the communities they live in as well. I’d encourage others to sponsor a child – it’s an opportunity to give what you can and connect with someone in a special way. — Charlotte Maslin-Knight, Model and Compassion UK Ambassador

We started sponsoring Louis five years ago. Thanks to sponsorship with Compassion, he’s being kept healthy, receiving an education and enjoying just being a child. Louis is a big part of our family. We write letters, share pictures and get regular news about how he’s growing and developing. My children see that we as a family can make a difference. — Kate, Kent

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

We had the opportunity when we went out to the Dominican Republic to go to our sponsored child’s Compassion project. I remember asking the project administrator , can I see Darwin’s sponsorship file. He pulled it down from the rack and there it was – two pencils, so much, half a pound of rice, so much, two pairs of socks, so much. — David Woods, Surrey

So what next?
How to sponsor a child

Begin your child sponsorship journey today by finding a child on our website who is waiting for a sponsor. You may also be interested in following guides:

Your FAQs

Some of the questions you may have about sponsorship.

When you sponsor a child, you lift a burden from an entire family. Parents are released from financial pressure as one of their children is guaranteed an education, nutritious meals and health check-ups.

What’s more, by empowering and educating one child, you bring change to a family. Sponsored children share what they learn with their siblings and parents. We regularly hear stories of children teaching their parents and siblings to read or how to practice good hygiene in the home.

We have 67 years of experience in empowering children to overcome poverty. Independent research shows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and leaders in their churches and communities.

You may also be interested to know that Compassion is:

Child-focused – We offer direct child sponsorship where you can make an immediate impact to the child you choose to sponsor today. Children are most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty. Our holistic programme gives children support in every area of their lives: their minds, bodies and relationships.

Empowering children is a highly strategic way of breaking the cycle of poverty. Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s programme, children learn they are loved, they begin to develop hope for their future, and they realise that God wants to use them to help others. And these children grow up to be givers and community leaders.

Church-based – We work exclusively in partnership with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need.

What’s more, we believe the Church is God’s plan for a hurting world. Compassion exists to enable the Church to fulfill her mission of making disciples of all nations and caring for those in great need.

Christ-centred – Our desire to follow Jesus impacts everything we do. We’re a Christian charity offering Christian child sponsorship. We seek to follow Jesus’ example to care for the poor, but whilst Jesus’ love motivates us, we help all children and families in poverty regardless of belief and children are never coerced into becoming Christians.

The length of time you’ll be sponsoring depends on the age of the child you choose to support and empower to break free from poverty. Most sponsors decide to support their child for the full length of our world-class programme. Young people tend to graduate from Compassion aged 18-22 depending on their personal situation and where they live.

We hope each child will have the same sponsor throughout the programme, but we understand that sometimes this just isn’t possible. Knowing sponsors’ circumstances can change, we offer a range of helpful options if your sponsorship donations become difficult to manage and we’ll ensure your child can still stay in the Compassion programme.

You can also call our friendly team on 01932 836490, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

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