Compassion International is a Christian non-governmental organization dedicated to child development. Through a holistic approach, Compassion International addresses the spiritual, economic, social and physical aspects of the neediest children in communities within our reach to help them become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.
Compassion International was founded in 1952 by an American Evangelist, the Rev. Everett Swanson when he saw the plight of Korean War orphans while on an evangelistic tour in South Korea. Upon his return home, Swanson felt compelled to share the plight of the orphans during speaking engagements in North America and people began giving him money to help them. Since then Compassion has expanded with 14 Global Partner Alliance countries (GPA) and 28 Field offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In Uganda Compassion International has been operational since 1980 when the first children were registered in our program in Masaka. Since 1980 Compassion Uganda has been steadily growing.
Currently, we operate in over 75 districts, supporting over 88,000 children while working with 336 Implementing Church Partners.
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:
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.
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.
The Church is God's chosen instrument to bring hope to a hurting world and to deliver justice to the poor and oppressed.
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.