Compassion UK






Who We Are

Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. Partnering with local churches, we are committed to the spiritual, economic, social and physical development of children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

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A Good Name is Compassion: Understanding Compassion

At Compassion we are compelled by the love of Jesus to serve those living in poverty.

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Our Mission

Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Our Vision

As a result of our ministry to children in poverty, Compassion will be trusted by the Church worldwide as the leading authority for holistic child development and will be the global benchmark for excellence in child sponsorship.

Our Core Values

Compassion is a Christ-centred organisation committed to the Church. As such, we value: Integrity, Excellence, Stewardship and Dignity.

The Compassion Difference

Changing lives goes beyond changing external circumstances. The hope and inner transformation that comes from knowing Jesus provides the foundations for the most profound human development to occur.

Compassion's holistic approach to child development is unique in that all our programmes are:

Christ Centred

Jesus Christ is at the heart of Compassion's ministry. Every child who participates in a Compassion programme is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God. This good news is modelled and shared in age-appropriate and culturally relevant ways - never by coercion. The Great Commission is at the heart of our mission and discipleship is at the core of our programmes.

Child Focused

Compassion's ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present every child with an opportunity to become fulfilled Christian adults.

What happens in the life of a child ripples throughout their environment now and in the future. We believe that changed environments may assist children, but transformed children will inevitably change their environments.

Church Based

The Church is God's chosen instrument to bring hope to a hurting world and to deliver justice to the poor and oppressed. That's why Compassion works exclusively in partnership with over 5,000 local churches in developing nations to deliver a holistic child development programme.

Only the local church is uniquely qualified to understand the real needs of her community and reach the children in poverty who need her care.

The local church creates an environment of unparalleled stability, giving children the opportunity to experience God's love and acceptance.


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