Compassion - Start Small, Think Big.
Compassion UK is the United Kingdom branch of the Compassion Project, a Christian charity that sponsors child development in 26 developing countries around the world. It is an evangelical organisation that works through local churches to meet the needs of local communities with special focus on children. Compassion believes that, as children are the ones who will mould the future, their needs should be prioritised.
A child in a Compassion project will receive healthcare for themselves and their family, a formal education and the opportunity of vocational training as well as social, emotional and spiritual care. In order to fund these projects people in more affluent countries such as our own are given the opportunity to sponsor and correspond with individual children.
My parents sponsor two girls, both thirteen years old, one of whom lives in Bolivia and the other in East India. They have sponsored both since they were only six and both girls’ wellbeing is discussed just as though they were a part of our family. The girl in East India wants to be a doctor when she grows up, an ambition the Compassion Project will support her in achieving.
I started sponsoring an eleven-year-old girl in Guatemala in my second year of university: It only costs twenty-three pounds a month and I can still afford it now despite being unemployed. The difference I am making in the life of a child, her family and her community is well worth curbing my expenses for.
Further details of Compassion UK can be found on their website at:
Susy Pinnington, 06/07/2012
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