Do children have to be Christians to be part of Compassion's programs?

Updated Friday 16 September, 2016

No. Compassion is a Christian organisation that partners exclusively with Christian churches to implement child development programs. We are called to serve the poor, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religious background.

Children and families are prioritised for inclusion in Compassion's Child Survival and Child Sponsorship Programs based on need, not religion. Before registering their children in the Child Sponsorship Program, caregivers are told about the Christian foundation of the program and give permission for their children to receive Christian education. Ongoing participation in the program doesn't depend on making a commitment to Christ and children are free to leave the program at any time. Our implementing church partners are careful to present the gospel in a non-coercive, culturally sensitive way.

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