Each Critical Need fund goes towards directly addressing that area of need for children in Compassion's programs. Funds are pooled so that the most urgent needs in an area are met and each specific Critical Need supports interventions that relate to that need. For example, should you give to Water and Sanitation, your donation could go towards providing water filters, water tanks or toilets in any of the 25 countries Compassion works in. Local church partners will identify where the money could best be used at any one time. Unlike the Child Sponsorship Program, funds are not directly linked to one child, but go towards helping thousands of children in Compassion's programs.