What is Child Sponsorship?

By sponsoring a Compassion-registered child, you are not only helping a child in need to escape poverty, you are entering into a long-term, one-to-one relationship that enriches your life as well as the child’s.

“For a simple gesture to help someone in need, I knew I wouldn’t really miss a few dollars out of my paycheck. I never imagined the bond that I would create with this young man in Honduras. Through KeHE Cares I was actually able to meet him and his family on a KeHE trip to Honduras in 2019, and witness first-hand the impact that we are having on these children.”

— Trish DeShautelle, Commercial Account Manager

“My family selected two wonderful children to sponsor, Karol and Yohel. It has been a privilege getting to know them, their interests, and their hopes for the future. We look forward to receiving the precious pictures they draw for us! Because of KeHE’s donation match, we were able to support 2 children instead of 1 for the same level of investment.”

— Laura McCord, Executive Director of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

Compassion's Holistic Development Approach


Through medical checkups, supplemental nutrition, and health and hygiene education and care


Through literacy classes and skills training for caregivers to enable them to earn a better income, and tutoring


Through tutoring, to enable children to achieve their potential and discover their passions and talents

Socio Emotional

Through healthy socialization, including safe, supervised learning, crafts and play


Through loving tutors who share Christian values that lead to productive and rewarding lives

Child Sponsorship: A Proven Model

Young adults who were Compassion-sponsored from 1980 to 1992 were the subject of a study by Dr. Bruce Wydick at the University of San Francisco. Published in the Journal of Political Economy, the study concluded that children who participated in Compassion’s holistic child-development-through-sponsorship program:

  • stayed in school longer
  • were more likely to hold salaried or white-collar employment as adults
  • were more likely to be leaders in their communities and churches

Wydick refers to Compassion’s program as “the great equalizer” in that it helps level the playing field for children in the developing world.

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