Give today to equip families and our local church partners to fight poverty where the need is most urgent.
Give to Where Most Needed
Every day is a fight for a child living in poverty—a fight for food, a fight for shelter—but most of all a fight for hope.
But you can help a child
win that fight.
Your gift will go towards Compassion's Where Most Needed fund to help thousands of children in their fights against poverty.
Giving to Where Most Needed enables Compassion's church partners to respond to the needs of children that are outside the reach of sponsorship. This could look like responding to urgent situations such as natural disasters, or emergency medical needs. But it could also look like providing proactive measures to prevent urgent situations, such as vaccinations or hygiene training for parents.
Whatever the need, your gift allows our church partners the flexibility to ensure children and families are equipped to win the fight against poverty.
No time to waste
Patnaree is a one-year-old girl who was born with a stomach defect known as Gastroschisis. Because her parents are from the Karen state in Myanmar, they can't access treatment for Patnaree in their home community in Thailand.
Nowhere to go
Ermias and Dibora were very young when their father left. Their mother Almaz was unable to find work, and the family was kicked out of their home. With three small children and nowhere to go, Almaz took the very first offer of accommodation she was given: a pigsty.
Your gift will help meet the most urgent needs of children in their fights against poverty.
What does the Where Most Needed fund do?
Poverty leaves children without any safety net or protection, so when unforeseen circumstances arise, there is often little hope for recovery.
Through generous supporters, Compassion church partners work effectively to address the most pressing needs of children in our programs.
The Where Most Needed fund is used to meet a variety of needs that have been identified by our local church partners, from emergency disaster response to long-term health or training initiatives, and brings resources and empowerment to children in every nation we work in.
Compassion’s Where Most Needed fund is distributed between other Critical Needs and responds in circumstances where additional help for those funds is needed.
Doesn't sponsorship cover the most urgent needs of children?
The effects of poverty are devastating and affect every area of a child’s life. Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program sets the foundation for life-changing opportunities, but every Compassion assisted child will, at some point, require care beyond sponsorship’s reach.
Critical Needs provides customised care and tailored solutions that directly address obstacles to a child’s development.
Compassion’s Where Most Needed fund is distributed to other Critical Needs in circumstances where additional help for those funds is needed. For example, Where Most Needed could be used to provide additional funding to Water and Sanitation, Disaster Relief or the Highly Vulnerable Children fund. By giving to Where Most Needed, you help Compassion to respond to the greatest need for children, families and communities with speed and flexibility.
Can I give directly to my sponsored child through the Where Most Needed fund?
While every registered child—including your sponsored child—may benefit from Where Most Needed during their time in the program, it is not possible to give directly to an individual child through this fund. Rather, your gift to the Where Most Needed fund can be distributed to other Critical Needs in circumstances where additional help for those funds is needed. By giving to Where Most Needed, you help Compassion to be prepared to help any registered child in any country—and respond to the greatest need with speed and flexibility.
How does Compassion determine the children with the most urgent needs?
Local staff know the children, their families and their communities intimately and are well placed to assess the needs of the children. The Where Most Needed fund is available for immediate use (such as a medical emergency when the staff can cover ambulance, medication, a hospital stay or other immediate health intervention) as well as for strategic interventions that might be focused on long-term outcomes for a child or group of children (such as building a desperately needed toilet block or distributing mosquito nets to combat diseases such as malaria).
While it is often very difficult to compare one child’s needs with another’s, the local staff are well placed to assess need. It is important to note that they work within an established framework, overseen by national office staff and Compassion International, to ensure transparency and accountability and make sure that children receive appropriate and timely support as they need it.
Can siblings or families benefit from the Where Most Needed fund?
Yes. Compassion recognises that a child’s holistic development depends on a stable home life and the love of at least one caregiver who is well enough to provide and care for that child. So sometimes siblings and caregivers benefit from the fund: for example, in situations where Compassion provides disaster support which benefits the whole family, or if a caregiver needs a specific medical intervention, and so on.