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Compassion is the capacity to put love in action.

In 2021, the extreme poverty rate rose for the first time in 20 years. Yet your generosity, your voice, your love and your commitment to children living in poverty has had an incredible impact.

This is their story, and this is your story. Join us in exploring how you have helped release children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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2021
Impact
Your love, generosity and support has made an incredible difference in the lives of children around the world this financial year. Just take a look!
  • $97,043,578

    Over $97 million was raised in revenue thanks to you and all our generous supporters. Over 82% went straight to our programs.

  • 2,166,363

    An incredible 2.1 million children are assisted through the generosity of Compassion supporters globally, showing each child there is a hope more powerful than poverty.

  • 126,241

    Over 125,000 children are supported through Compassion Australia. Thank you!

  • 1,179

    Over 1,000 babies, plus their caregivers, are cared for through Compassion Australia and our Mums and Babies program.

  • 129,000+

    More than 129,000 children, along with their families and communities, could benefit from Critical Needs projects like clean water, safe homes and new education opportunities.

Christ-Centred
Christ Centred

Jesus is at the heart of Compassion. His love for the marginalised and His power to change lives are why Compassion exists.

More than 2.1 million children have the chance to hear the life-changing message of His love thanks to the help of friends like you. He is the ultimate source of hope: both for the immediate and the eternal.

Church-Based
Church Based

More than 8,000 local Christian churches in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America are on the frontlines of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

They are building relationships with children and families, meeting urgent nutrition and healthcare needs, and encouraging and growing them spiritually.

Child-Focused
Child Focused

More than 90,000 generous Australians like you help to meet the specific economic, physical, socio-emotional and spiritual needs of every individual sponsored child.

As a sponsor, you’re personally connected with a boy or girl who knows your name and treasures the knowledge that you care about them.

Raising Support

  • Established
  • Registered Children
  • Mums and Babies Recipients
  • Church Partners
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          The Global Story
          Australia
          Bangladesh
          Bolivia
          Brazil
          Burkina Faso
          Colombia
          Denmark
          Dominican Republic
          Ecuador
          El Salvador
          Ethiopia
          France
          Germany
          Ghana
          Guatemala
          Haiti
          Honduras
          Indonesia
          International (CI/US)
          Ireland
          Italy
          Kenya
          South Korea
          Mexico
          Netherlands
          New Zealand
          Nicaragua
          Norway
          Peru
          Philippines
          Rwanda
          Spain
          Sri Lanka
          Sweden
          Switzerland
          Tanzania
          Thailand
          Togo
          Uganda
          United Kingdom
          • 2,166,363 Registered Children
          • 7,981 Church Partners
          • 24,530 Mums and Babies Recipients
          • 14 Countries Raising Support
          • 28 Countries Delivering Program
          • 92,000 Australian Sponsors
          The Global Story
          Australia
          Bangladesh
          Bolivia
          Brazil
          Burkina Faso
          Colombia
          Denmark
          Dominican Republic
          Ecuador
          El Salvador
          Ethiopia
          France
          Germany
          Ghana
          Guatemala
          Haiti
          Honduras
          Indonesia
          International (CI/US)
          Ireland
          Italy
          Kenya
          South Korea
          Mexico
          Netherlands
          New Zealand
          Nicaragua
          Norway
          Peru
          Philippines
          Rwanda
          Spain
          Sri Lanka
          Sweden
          Switzerland
          Tanzania
          Thailand
          Togo
          Uganda
          United Kingdom
          • 2,166,363 Registered Children
          • 7,981 Church Partners
          • 24,530 Mums and Babies Recipients
          • 14 Countries Raising Support
          • 28 Countries Delivering Program
          • 92,000 Australian Sponsors

          Approach

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          Compassion’s holistic child development model is designed to help the most vulnerable and marginalised children around the world be released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

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          This model seeks to address each child's unique spiritual, socio-emotional, physical and economic needs.

          Programs

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          And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. —Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

          Compassion's programs assist children through all stages of their development:

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          Mums and
          Babies

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          Mums and Babies
          1,179
          Babies and their caregivers are supported through Compassion Australia.
          54
          Survival projects funded by Australian supporters are serving thousands of vulnerable babies, caregivers and communities.
          24,530
          Babies and 24,361 caregivers are assisted by Compassion supporters from around the world.
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          “Joining the Mums and Babies Program has been an immense blessing to me. I cannot thank God enough—and the Compassion staff—for all they have brought to my life in such a short time. The Lord has turned my tears into joy!”

          Geraldine, Haiti

          Born Against the Odds

          Compassion Stories

          • In Nicaragua, when Jessenia was eight months pregnant with her son José, she learned he weighed just 1.13 kgs and was severely malnourished. Her doctor told her she would need to go to a private clinic, something she and her husband could not afford.

            Fortunately, Jessenia had registered with the local Mums and Babies Centre.

            “The food, vitamins and medicines that she needed were too expensive. We help[ed] her with a personalized food package, the vitamins she needed to take and an appointment in a private clinic,” says Ericka, the centre coordinator.

          • Born Against the Odds
          • In addition to the financial support, Ericka and the other local staff checked up on Jessenia daily, giving her emotional and spiritual support. Just before the baby was due, a final ultrasound showed miraculous results: José had gained nearly 2.5 kgs. Shortly after, José was born and both he and Jessenia were safe and well.

            Born Against the Odds

          "When I remember what happened, I can barely believe it. All I can do is be thankful for how the Lord has used the centre staff to bless us and take care of us."

          Jessenia
          Start of Life Bundle

          You can support an expectant mum like Jessenia when you give a Start of Life Bundle.

          Give a Start of Life Bundle Today
          Give a Start of Life Bundle Today
          For $260, you’ll provide a new mum with a baby essentials kit, a birth attendant and everything she needs for a safe delivery, protecting her health and giving her baby the best possible start to life.
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          Poverty looks different for each child, but our goals stay the same: good health, good skills, good relationships and the opportunity to hear the Good News.

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          Child
          Sponsorship

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          Child Sponsorship
          126,241
          Children are sponsored through Compassion Australia by 92,325 sponsors.
          111,836
          Letters were sent from Australian sponsors to their sponsored children.
          1,986,142
          Children are sponsored by Compassion supporters around the world.
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          “Compassion is the capacity to put love into action. That is what I believe.”

          Romel, Compassion graduate, the Philippines

          Released from Poverty

          Compassion Stories

          • Released from Poverty
          • As a young girl, Jimena, her siblings and her parents lived in one room and had little food. "We survived how we could," she says. When she was seven, she was registered at the local Compassion child development centre. "It was great. It was a nice place where we had food."

            Shortly after, Jimena was sponsored.

            "They always wrote to me that they prayed a lot for my family and me. I value it a lot because they don't know me in person, yet they encourage me very much. I thank the Lord for giving me two people who support me. Even though I am far away, I know that I am in their prayers."

            Jimena will soon graduate from the program. Her future looks bright: she is studying agro-industrial engineering and wants to honour God with everything she does.

          • Released from Poverty
            Released from Poverty

          "My dream is to sponsor a child. That is my goal."

          Jimena
          Care For A Waiting Child

          Sponsorship is life-changing, but some children are still waiting for a sponsor.

          Provide Care for a Waiting Child Today
          Provide Care for a Waiting Child Today
          For $48, you can ensure unsponsored children can still participate in and receive the benefits of Compassion’s programs, even while they wait for a sponsor.
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          Every Compassion assisted child will, at some point, require care beyond sponsorship’s reach.

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          Critical
          Needs

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          Critical Needs
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          New toilets were funded by Compassion Australia supporters to improve the hygiene of over 8,000 children.
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          Safe homes for 346 vulnerable children and their families were funded by Australian supporters.
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          Critical Needs projects could help over 129,000 children, thanks to generous Australian supporters.
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          “Being able to partner with local churches to provide highly vulnerable Compassion assisted children and their families with secure homes is an honour and a privilege for which we are extremely grateful.”

          Cathy and Greg, Western Australia

          Water is Life

          Compassion Stories

          • For 15-year-old Emeline’s community in Rwanda, access to water meant a seven kilometre walk to the closest lake.

            "I had to wake up around five o’clock in the morning. The first thing I had to do before I went to school was to fetch water so that Mother can have water to cook and do other chores at home," she says.

            The lake water was used for washing and agriculture, meaning it was frequently dirty and unsafe to drink. When children drink contaminated water, they risk severe illness and even death from water-borne diseases.

            “We would fall sick from diarrhea and typhoid because of the unclean water. Water is life, and without it, we can’t live," says Emeline.

          • Water is Life
          • Compassion’s local church partner in the community faced the same challenges, and they knew action had to be taken to help their community. Thanks to the generosity of Compassion supporters through Critical Needs, a safe water system was built at the local church.

            "When the centre staff told us about the construction of the underground rainwater tank, we didn’t believe it would happen until we saw people constructing the water system," she says.

            Six months later, in January 2021, the project was finished. "Now we have water a few metres from our houses!” says Emeline. “I’m grateful to my sponsor and the donors of this water tank for loving us and being thoughtful about our livelihood. I can now concentrate more in class without dreading going back to fetch water.”

          "When the centre staff told us about the construction of the underground rainwater tank, we didn’t believe it would happen until we saw people constructing the water system.”

          Emeline
          Clean Water

          Emeline was one of 785 million people who lack safe drinking water.

          Give the gift of Clean Water Today
          Give the gift of Clean Water Today
          For $70, you can be part of the solution to one of the most urgent needs in the developing world by giving the gift of Clean Water.
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          COVID-19 and lockdowns have physically separated us from our neighbours. Yet rarely have we been able to empathise so closely—we're all in this together.

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          • Over 10 million
            Food Packs
          • Over 7 million
            Hygiene Kits
          • Over 1.5 million
            Medical Treatments
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          On top of COVID-19, the 2021 financial year brought hundreds of natural disasters, many of which destroyed homes or took lives. Natural disasters can take everything from children living in poverty, so urgent support in the aftermath is vital.

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          “We never know what will happen tomorrow. It is important that we are always prepared in life and always trusting God. It is also important to help others who are in need, like what our sponsors are doing for us. I am so grateful.” —Cyril, the Philippines

          Over $1.6 million was raised to help children and their families as part of our end of financial year Restore Hope Appeal.

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          Thank You
          Thank You
          • Poverty Explored
            The Good Neighbour

            Watch our new The Good Neighbour docuseries and explore the reality of poverty and the impact of neighbourly care through stories from people around the world.

          • Connect Your Business with Compassion

            Give your team a powerful 'why' and help release children from poverty.
            Learn More

          • Poverty Explored
            Poverty Explored

            Poverty is complex, and its causes are more than just a lack of income or material wealth. Read our Poverty Explored blog series to learn more.

          • Church Partnerships

            Together, we can bring a hope more powerful than poverty.
            Learn More

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