How this group saves children from poverty

Posted at 04/19/14 12:55 PM

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MANILA – Every year, a Philippine-based Christian organization tries to save Filipino children from poverty, and gives them hope for a better life.

 Compassion International is a Christ-centered organization that advocates for the release of children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible adults.

In an interview with ANC’s Shop Talk, Compassion International Partner Training and Support Manager Rowena Magpoc said that their group focuses on children because they are most affected by poverty.

“We believe that the children bear the brunt of poverty. They are the most vulnerable to the effects of poverty. So we try to release them from poverty and we believe it’s holistic so it’s not just a matter of economic, of lack of money, but it has spiritual foundations, socio-emotional, educational.”

The organization offers various programs to help children and mothers alike. One of them is the child survival program which focuses on giving toddlers and pregnant mothers mental health and pre-natal health training.

Another is Compassion International’s flagship project, the child development program, which provides children from three to 22 years old spiritual training, formal school subsidies, tutoring, social activities and other life skills.

Lyn Fatima Opena, a former sponsored child of Compassion International and now one of its training personnel, said that the organization has helped her a lot.

“[Child] sponsorship provides provision for education, health care and basic life skills training.”

Opena was only seven years old when she became a sponsored child. One of her sponsors was Darlene Zschech, the lead singer of popular Christian band “Hillsong.”

Magpoc said that Compassion International hopes that it will expand further in the coming years to save more children and give them hope.

“Globally, we have a 20/20 vision and we’re looking at reaching four million children worldwide. Currently, we’re ministering to 1.4 million. Hopefully, we expand to be able to spread Christ’s love and hope to other children."