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Who We Are

releasing children from poverty, in Jesus' name

Founded in 1952, Compassion is a Christian child development charity releasing children from poverty, in Jesus’ name. Working in 29 countries, we partner with local churches within communities experiencing poverty. Our heart is to give children and young people the opportunity to thrive and reach their God-given potential both now and into the future.

Compassion’s child development programmes are holistic, giving children support in every core area of their lives. Because we work in partnership with local churches who know their communities inside out, our programmes are tailored to a child’s age, gender, health, culture and family situation. Independent research shows they are highly effective, and now more than 2.3 million children globally are being released from poverty.



We intentionally begin with children, the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty. We support children in every area of their lives, tackling the root causes of poverty that hold them back.


Jesus is at the centre of everything we do. Our programmes show God’s love to children living in poverty. Whilst Christ’s love motivates us, we help children and families from all backgrounds, regardless of belief.


We believe the Church is the hope of the world. We run our programmes in exclusive partnership with local churches because they know their communities inside out.

Our values

Because we're committed to the Church, we value integrity, excellence, stewardship, dignity and discernment.


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