We began our ministry in Sri Lanka in 2010 with Compassion Survival. Our entry into Sri Lanka marked the first time we began working in a country with a program other than child sponsorship. Child sponsorship began in Sri Lanka two years later.
Child sponsorship does work!
Independent research conducted by Dr. Bruce Wydick, a professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, along with two colleagues, concluded that our Child Sponsorship Program has large and statistically significant impacts on the educational, employment and leadership outcomes of children. The peer-reviewed research was published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Political Economy—one of the most prestigious economics journals in the world.
Legacy and Vision
After 36 years of service to children in poverty, including two decades as President and CEO, Dr. Wess Stafford welcomed Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado as his successor in 2013. Jimmy is only the fifth president in our history.
"I will stand by the decisions Compassion made in the past to ensure that we keep a Christ-centered focus in our DNA."
— Jimmy Mellado
Withdrawal From India
In 2017, after 48 years of serving the children in India, we stopped our work in the country. Nearly 147,000 babies, children and young adults registered in our child development programs are affected.
Looking to the Future
In December 2018, less than 10 years after reaching the milestone of 1 million sponsored children, we registered our 2 millionth child.
"We are deeply thankful for and humbled by this milestone, but with a billion children still living in poverty around the world, we are committed to building capacity to serve far more. With God’s help, we are setting our sights on reaching as many children as possible, and we pray that exponentially more supporters around the globe will join us in this life-transforming work." — Compassion President and CEO, Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado
Remaining Focused on Christ
After more than 70 years serving children in Jesus' name we continue to devote ourselves to helping children of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and races without imposing any religious belief or conversion requirements upon them.
We continue to offer our programs to the poorest of the poor, to the children in greatest need, without ulterior motive, and we continue to rely upon and trust the ability of our church partners to create environments of unparalleled stability where children experience God’s love and acceptance in tangible ways.
Working in Jesus' name is not a platitude; it’s a strategy we’ve followed since Rev. Swanson first created our ministry to children in 1952.
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