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Africa is the world's second largest continent. Its 1.2 billion people belong to more than 3,000 different ethnic groups and speak more than 2,000 languages. After many years of colonial rule, most African countries achieved independence by the end of the 1970s, but today, many countries in Africa face major problems.

Hunger in Africa is devastating hundreds of millions of people, and nearly one-third (16) of Africa's 54 countries are counted among the world's poorest countries. From armed conflicts to drought and famine to epidemics of AIDS, cholera, Ebola, COVID-19 and other diseases, poverty in Africa is hampering the economic progress of its people and destroying their future.

Compassion's Africa child development centers, started in 1980, now serve more than 317,400 children in eight countries and are helping release children from poverty through programs encouraging the healthy development of all aspects of a child — spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and even economically.

Featured Stories from Africa

a girl stands with a goat
What Really Happens When You Give a Goat?

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you give a goat to charity? Learn how a Ugandan family’s entire livelihood was transformed by livestock given through the Compassion Gift Catalog.

The Unique Way This Village Fights Period Poverty
Kanti had only rice to eat. Her baby? Only water. Here’s how they were rescued from malnutrition.
students and staff in the classroom
Burkina Faso Education
Local Church Builds a School to Give Students a Second Chance to Learn

Around the world, parents are packing backpacks and preparing their kids to head back to school. For children in Burkina Faso, a chance to go back to school means an opportunity for a better future. Learn how one pastor’s dream to transform his community is impacting children inside and outside of the classroom.

a mother and her baby
Ethiopia Photojournalist Diaries
Unforgettable Mothers Who Have Shaped Me

Go behind the scenes with Compassion Ethiopia Photojournalist Tigist Gizachew to share some of the moments that God has used to shape her own faith and reveal more of his love and goodness.

Mikiyas smiles at the camera
Ethiopia Income-Generation
Business Training Creates Financially Independent Youth

In Ethiopia, the unemployment rate is consistently rising, and as the problem intensifies, job opportunities become slimmer. For youths like Mikiyas, this makes the future bleak. But his local Compassion center doesn’t leave him and students like him to fight for their futures alone.

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