Every child living in poverty is vulnerable and every child registered with Compassion faces a level of vulnerability. But children who are assisted by the Highly Vulnerable Children's fund have been identified as needing extra assistance to protect them from high-risk situations.
Specifically, Compassion's Highly Vulnerable Children's fund assists: children who have been orphaned (or youth-headed households), children whose primary caregiver is incapacitated, children who have suffered abuse or exploitation, and children with special needs.
Children who fall into these circumstances require assistance beyond the support sponsorship provides. While they will still benefit from the Child Sponsorship Program, extra assistance is needed to stabilise and restore them and ensure they are safe from immediate threats.