No child should live in poverty

Worldwide, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. Poverty robs children of their basic rights to learn, play and grow. In its ugliest form, poverty can lead to exploitation, child labour and even death. It's unacceptable.

That's why our Child Sponsorship Program exists. Because more powerful than poverty is the hope of Jesus, the care of a local church and the encouragement of you: a loving sponsor.

Sponsor a child

Why Compassion?

Our Child Sponsorship Program doesn't just address children's physical needs, but the needs of their heart, mind and soul. Here's how we're different.

Jesus is at the heart of what we do. Each of the 2 million children in our program has the chance to hear the life-changing message of Jesus’ love. We believe Jesus is the ultimate source of hope: both for the immediate and the eternal.

Our Child Sponsorship Program meets the specific needs of each individual child. When you become a sponsor, you're personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought you care about them.

Our program is run entirely by local Christian churches in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. Why? Local churches are experts on their community’s needs. We equip them with resources and training to help them release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Get involved

Sponsor

Make an eternal difference in the life of a child living in need. Your tax deductible giving from $48 per month connects a child in need with our loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Sponsor a child

Donate

Your once-off or recurring gift to Where Most Needed or Critical Needs will help meet the urgent needs of children living in poverty. You can also shop Gifts of Compassion, our life-changing gift catalogue.

Donate now

Church

Connect your church's mission activities with our Child Sponsorship Program. You'll join over 1200 Australian churches who are living out their faith by engaging with global missions through Compassion.

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Advocate

Want to do more to help children living in poverty? Become a Compassion Advocate. Volunteer at events and help children find sponsors, fundraise in crazy ways, or use your talent to raise awareness.

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For every $1 donated

80%

Program development and delivery

20%

Administration and fundraising costs

Find out why more than 80,000 Australians sponsor children through us

“I feel so humbled to know that by sponsoring a child with Compassion, I’m changing someone’s life in such a big way.”

DAMI IM, Singer/song-writer

Laura

“As a single parent, life can be tough financially and emotionally. Sponsoring children through Compassion helps me to feel empowered. Sure, life's difficult for everyone at times, but I am choosing to pour my compassion into lives less fortunate than my own, and I am making a difference.”

Laura, VIC

Leigh

“When I met Pudensiana and her grandmother in person I was embraced as family. Cutting through their poverty was a sure hope in Jesus, and a richly generous welcome. Incredibly, a deep bond had grown through the sponsorship that I wasn't ready for.”

Leigh, NSW

Jess

“I started sponsoring my first child when I was 16, now I have four! It has changed my life seeing how giving up the cost of a coffee each day can impact my sponsor children’s families and communities. They are more than a picture on my fridge, they are my family and my friends.”

Jess, QLD

Kaiser

“Sponsoring a child has taught me to put someone in need ahead of myself. I started sponsoring when I wasn’t fully financially stable, it has taught me to save money to cover the cost of my sponsorship before I spend for me.”

Kaiser, VIC

Emma Morse

“I can’t do much to solve world problems, but sponsorship gives me the ability to do something. When we meet one of our sponsor children and saw how significant we were to her, I realised my little, actually has an enormous impact. Even maybe for generations!”

Emma, QLD

Owen

“I have had the great privilege of visiting Psyche and seeing the difference that sponsorship can make, as well as the conditions she is living in. I have watched her change from a serious girl, to a girl who is willing to smile, loves to dance and is learning about God's love.”

Owen, SA

Ben and Steph

“Sponsoring a child has impacted us by allowing us to connect with someone in a different country to us, and know that our money that we give is supporting their physical well-being and Spiritual growth.”

Benjamin and Stephanie, NSW

Kaytie

“Sponsoring Kerline has made a massive impact on our family. It has taught our little ones about our big world and God’s desire for us to be kind, generous, put others first and pray for others.”

Kaytie, NSW

Find out why more than 80,000 Australians sponsor children through us

“I feel so humbled to know that by sponsoring a child with Compassion, I’m changing someone’s life in such a big way.”

DAMI IM, Singer/song-writer

Laura

“As a single parent, life can be tough financially and emotionally. Sponsoring children through Compassion helps me to feel empowered. Sure, life's difficult for everyone at times, but I am choosing to pour my compassion into lives less fortunate than my own, and I am making a difference.”

Laura, VIC

Leigh

“When I met Pudensiana and her grandmother in person I was embraced as family. Cutting through their poverty was a sure hope in Jesus, and a richly generous welcome. Incredibly, a deep bond had grown through the sponsorship that I wasn't ready for.”

Leigh, NSW

Jess

“I started sponsoring my first child when I was 16, now I have four! It has changed my life seeing how giving up the cost of a coffee each day can impact my sponsor children’s families and communities. They are more than a picture on my fridge, they are my family and my friends.”

Jess, QLD

Kaiser

“Sponsoring a child has taught me to put someone in need ahead of myself. I started sponsoring when I wasn’t fully financially stable, it has taught me to save money to cover the cost of my sponsorship before I spend for me.”

Kaiser, VIC

Emma Morse

“I can’t do much to solve world problems, but sponsorship gives me the ability to do something. When we meet one of our sponsor children and saw how significant we were to her, I realised my little, actually has an enormous impact. Even maybe for generations!”

Emma, QLD

Owen

“I have had the great privilege of visiting Psyche and seeing the difference that sponsorship can make, as well as the conditions she is living in. I have watched her change from a serious girl, to a girl who is willing to smile, loves to dance and is learning about God's love.”

Owen, SA

Ben and Steph

“Sponsoring a child has impacted us by allowing us to connect with someone in a different country to us, and know that our money that we give is supporting their physical well-being and Spiritual growth.”

Benjamin and Stephanie, NSW

Kaytie

“Sponsoring Kerline has made a massive impact on our family. It has taught our little ones about our big world and God’s desire for us to be kind, generous, put others first and pray for others.”

Kaytie, NSW