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See how child sponsorship can change one life
For just £28 a month you'll sponsor a child directly. Your child sponsorship will ...
Provide your sponsored child with urgent necessities such as food, water and shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connect your sponsored child and their family to the support of a local church.
Bring real and lasting change to your sponsored child. Once restrictions lift, they will benefit from the longstanding project-based Compassion programme.
Compassion child sponsorship works
The longstanding project-based, child development programme you’ll give your sponsored child access to in the future is highly effective.
Dr Bruce Wydick, Journal of Political Economy
Independent research into the project-based programme shows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and become 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.
Compassion is committed to excellent stewardship and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We conduct regular internal and external audits in our field offices and in the UK.
81p directly benefitting children in poverty
7p support costs
In the financial year 19/20, for every pound given in child sponsorship donations:
88p spent on charitable activities
12p spent on fundraising and finding the next sponsor
69 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.
We run our child sponsorship programme exclusively in partnership with local churches who fully understand their local communities.
During the COVID-19 crisis your sponsorship will:
Once our project-based programme can resume, you'll provide your sponsored child with:
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.
Once registered in the Compassion Programme, we look for one sponsor to support each child.
When you start sponsoring, you sponsor a child directly! Your donations will immediately begin to support your sponsored child.
Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities.
As sponsor you'll exchange messages with your sponsored child, getting an insight into their world and the difference you're making. Your correspondence is likely to be delayed due to COVID-19, but you can still write during this season.
We'll provide you with everything you need to build a unique relationship with your sponsored child:
More than 86,000 people sponsor a child through Compassion UK. Once you choose to sponsor, you too can begin to share in the joy of bringing hope to a child in need. You can join the thousands who've chosen to take a stand against child poverty.
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.
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.
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.
We would encourage anybody to sponsor, it’s so easy to spend £28 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.
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.
Begin your child sponsorship journey today by finding a child on our website who is waiting for a sponsor. At the moment, we have the greatest number of children waiting for a sponsor in Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti, Tanzania and Kenya.
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Some of the questions you may have about sponsorship.
We do understand that sponsors’ situations change, and there may be any number of reasons why you have to end your support. If you do decide to stop sponsoring, please contact us personally as well as just cancelling your Direct Debit with your bank.
If you’re moving out of the country, struggling to keep up with the sponsorship payments or finding it difficult to write letters, there are a number of ways we may be able to support you, so please let us know. If you do decide to end your sponsorship, your child will continue to benefit from the Compassion child sponsorship programme, and we’ll try to find another sponsors for them as soon as possible.
The quickest way to send a birthday greeting to your sponsored child is through your myCompassion account or via the Compassion UK App. If you don’t yet have a myCompassion account, then you can set one up here.
We have a selection of greeting designs for you to choose from, which you can personalise with a message and a photograph.
Alternatively, you’re welcome to send a hand-written card to our office. Simply pop it in an envelope and write the words ‘FREEPOST COMPASSION UK’ all in upper case on the front. Don’t forget to leave space in your card for translation and make sure you write both your reference number and your child’s reference on the back.
Here at Compassion, we want to help as many families as possible. Therefore, we generally sponsor only one child from each family. However, if the family is in great need, up to three children could be enrolled.
The great news is that that the benefits of the sponsorship programme reach into the family and wider community of your sponsored child. Because all our programmes are run through local churches, there are plenty of opportunities for families to access things such as health screenings, nutritional advice and support, parenting workshops and other church activities. Sponsored children often share what they learn at the Compassion project with siblings and many lead their entire families to Christ. As well as encouraging your sponsored child’s family through your letters and prayers, you can also send financial gifts to the family.
Our friendly Supporter Experience Team are ready to help with any questions you might have.
01932 836490 - Our current opening hours are 9.30 to 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5pm on Fridays.
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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.
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