We were not given a definitive response from the Indian authorities as to why they restricted our funds or why they refused to lift their restrictions. We believe there were two reasons behind the Indian government’s decision to restrict our funding and limit our operations.
- The India government placed increased scrutiny specifically against NGOs. Some of their concerns were that foreign aid comes with expectations, so they wanted to reduce their dependency on foreign funding. Many NGOs, big and small, faith-based and secular, were affected by the government’s restrictions.
- We also believe their decision not to lift the restrictions on Compassion specifically was, at least in part, religiously motivated. We are a Christ-centred, child-focused and church-based organisation that seeks to serve children living in poverty as a response to our faith and Jesus’ call to care for the poor.
But it’s very important to note that Compassion accepts and serves children and communities of all faith backgrounds (or no faith background), and categorically does not require or force conversion to Christianity at any time. Compassion’s primary mission is to release children from poverty, not convert them to Christianity.