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     Make this Mother’s day special.
     sunday 14 March

INSIDE: SurvIval living on a dump
        ThaIlaND Fight against child prostitution
                                                                                                                                                                                           dear sponsor,
                                                                                                                                                                                           as I reflect on this past year, I’m reminded of the scripture, “Trust in the lord
                                                                                                                                                                                           with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
                                                                                                                                                                                           acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3: 4-5.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Happy New year!
                                                                                           Compassion is an evangelical Christian                                                          in the economy. I’m now delighted to
                                                                                           child development ministry dedicated to
                                                                                           addressing the needs of children living in                                                      report that Compassion uK ended the
                                                                                           poverty around the world. Compassion’s
                                                                                           sponsorship programmes are Christ centred,                                                      financial year in a secure, healthy
                                                                                           child focused and church based.                                                                 position. I hope you’ll take time to
                                                                                           Compassion works with local churches                                                            read the brief summary of our
                                                                                           and implements its programmes through                                                           Financial accounts on page 15. It’s by
                                                                                           projects in local communities releasing
                                                                                           children from poverty.                                                                          God’s grace and your generous and
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                                                                                                                                                                                           unfailing commitment to this ministry
                                                                                                                                                                                           that Compassion continues to remain

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     By speaking out on behalf of children living in poverty this Mother’s Day, you        articles may be reproduced with the
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                                                                                                                                                                                           taking up the challenge to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this June with the
     can do more than just put a smile on a mother’s face – you will be providing her      Compassion uK.                                                                                  hope of raising £250,000 for a medical centre in one of the poorest
     with the help she needs to support her child and give her hope for their future.
                                                                                                                                                                                           communities in haiti, la Gonave. You can read more about this on page 7.
     You don’t need any special gifts or talents, just a willingness to invite others to                                              magazine                                                   Please pray for us as we start raising the funds and embarking on

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     sponsor a child.                                                                                                                                                                      rigorous training schedules in preparation for this incredible challenge to
                                                                                                                                                                                           support a vital and much-needed medical centre.
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                                                                                                SUNDAY 14 MARCH

                                                                                           INSIDE: SURVIVAL Living on a dump

     day card inside this Magazine.
                                                                                                   THAILAND Fight against child prostitution

                                                                                           coVer SWarMalI SITTING WITh
                                                                                           hEr MOThEr BulTI, EaST INDIa
                                                                                           PhOTO: chuck Bigger                                                                             ian haMilton Executive Director of Compassion uK
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    Feature                                                                                                                                                                                              Feature

                                         SCAVENGING FOR
                                                                                                                                    a truck rumbles tHrougH tHe gates of
                                                                                                                                 tHe rubbisH dump iN leóN, Nicaragua. as
                                                                                                                                it discHarges its stiNkiNg load, barefoot
                                                                                                                                     cHildreN clamber oNto Nearby Heaps
                                                                                                                                   to avoid beiNg buried iN tHe avalaNcHe
                                                                                                                                        of plastic bags aNd rottiNg food.

                                                                                                                                      s soon as the worst is over, they scramble down to rejoin their mothers.
                                                                                                                                      They know their families depend on the meagre haul. Barely edible food
                                                                                                                                      is carefully packed away, while recyclable material such as plastic and glass
                                                                                                                                      is collected, to be sold on later.
                                                                                                                               Juan Carlos ramos and Fatima lopez are two of the children who often accompany
                                                                                                                          their mothers to the dump. Juan’s mother, Maria, used to do domestic work, but the pay
                                                                                                                          was so low that she makes more money from half a day’s work on the dump than from a
                                                                                                                          whole day of cleaning. “I wish I didn’t have to go there. If I had another option I wouldn’t
                                                                                                                          need to go to the dump anymore,” says Maria.

                                                                                                                          dangerous duMp
                                                                                                                          By six o’clock every morning Maria is sifting through other people’s
                                                                                                                          discarded belongings to sustain her family, but at the end of the week
                                                                                                                          the most she can hope for is 200 córdobas, the equivalent of £3,
                                                                                                                          never enough to feed her family.
                                                                                                                               Working on the dump is fraught with danger. The                      “i ask tHe
                                                                                                                          women and children are exposed to violence, sexual                     lord to take
                                                                                                                          abuse and the danger of burn injuries from                               care of us
                                                                                                                          smouldering garbage. “I ask the lord to take care                           because
                                                                                                                          of us because anything can happen at the dump.                       aNytHiNg caN
                                                                                                                          Someone was killed in a fight for rubbish,”                              HappeN at
                                                                                                                          explains Yolanda, Fatima’s mother.                                       tHe dump”
                                                                                                                               living near the dump also brings other
                                                                                                                          problems with it. Working in the rubbish
                                                                                                                          makes the children susceptible to skin

Main pic: FaTIMa aND JuaN aT ThE ruBBISh DuMP, lOOKING aT aN ITEM JuaN haS FOuND.
top right: FaTIMa aND hEr MOThEr, YOlaNDa, STaNDING IN ThE MIDDlE OF ThE DuMP.

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    Feature SCAVENGING FOR SURVIVAL                                                                                                                                                                            EYE witness

                                                                                                                                                                            In June CompassIon uK Ceo Ian
diseases and respiratory problems, with their                                                                                                                               HamIlton and lemonaId dIreCtor
undernourished bodies unable to fight off infections.
                                                                                                                                                                            JustIn dowds wIll ClImb mount
FroM scaVenging to school
                                                                                                                                                                            KIlImanJaro to raIse £250,000 to
life began to improve for Juan and Fatima when                                                                                                                              rebuIld tHe only HospItal on HaItI’s
they were registered in the local Compassion assisted                                                                                                                       ImpoverIsHed la Gonâve Island.
project, Tesoros de Cristo Student Centre. The staff
noticed their malnutrition and began giving them
additional food, while their infections were treated
during regular checkups.
     The biggest change is the hope that shines out
                                                                                                                                                                            BLOOD, SwEAt AND
of Juan and Fatima’s eyes. “The children have a
different vision; they have dreams of professional
                                                           JuaN aND hIS MOThEr, MarIa, aT ThE ruBBISh DuMP.
                                                                                                                       BOY WaITING aT ThE WESlEYaN hOSPITal
                                                                                                                       PhOTO: IDEal IMaGES
careers. They want to help their families,” explains
Maria Tellez, project director of Tesoros de Cristo                    “i waNt to be a lawyer aNd                              he the nation of haiti lies a few hundred    collapse within the next year.
Student Centre.                                                           i would like to cleaN tHe                            miles off the coast of the united States.         On la Gonâve there are 23 Compassion projects
     Fatima dreams of becoming a doctor. She wants                      streets of tHe commuNity”                              Officially the poorest country in the        supporting 5,574 children and the Wesleyan hospital
to clean the dirty water in the community, remove                                                                              western hemisphere, one of its islands,      is the only one available to them and their families.
all the rubbish and clean the house. Juan adds,           them from poverty. Through your support, these             la Gonâve, is also one of the most water scarce
“I am doing well at school. I want to be a lawyer         children see life differently. Their parents get home      places on earth.                                       the challenge
and I would like to clean the streets of the              tired and with no desire to express love, but at the            In the 1950s, la Gonâve had a population          “haiti is the most desperate place I visit in my role
community so that no one will put garbage on              project the children know they are important to God,       of 10,000, but a government-initiated shipping         as CEO. I took a “reluctant” Justin with me around
the street or in the wells.”                              to us and to their sponsors.”                              of “undesirables” to the island increased the          three years ago. We dreamed up this plan of a
                                                                                                                     population to over 120,000 in just a few               sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro, africa’s highest
the Blessing oF sponsorship                               new Beginnings                                             short years.                                           mountain, to raise funds. a new hospital will make
This is a far cry from the reality their parents faced.   life at the dump is changing too. Two months ago,               The Wesleyan hospital remains the only            the lives of la Gonâve’s people safer, including
“Most people in this community did not go to school       the old dump was closed and a new one was                  medical facility on the island and desperately         thousands of Compassion sponsored children and
because they were from big families and from an           opened, one where children may not work. Only              needs to be rebuilt to cope with a population          their families; the kind of safety we take for
early age, their parents put them to work,” explains      adults with assigned identity cards are allowed onto       12 times the size it was designed to serve.            granted,” says Ian.
Maria Tellez.                                             the dump, which hopefully means that more children                                                                     Justin recalls, “When I first visited the hospital
     “I thank God for touching the heart of sponsors      will soon be attending school.                             the stark reality                                      the dedication of the staff to do their very best in
to help our children. I pray that God takes care of            In the afternoons you will now find Juan and          The 33 beds are simply inadequate, regularly           the crumbling structure touched me deeply. as we
them and blesses them, so they can bless my               Fatima, not with a hook to dig in the rubbish, but         sleeping two to a bed and corridors have become        waited we saw a small boy rushed in with a deep cut
children,” said Yolanda.                                  holding a notebook and pencil, tools that will             makeshift wards. The operating theatre struggles       to his abdomen that he’d torn as he tried to scale a
     Maria Tellez speaks on behalf of the children at     help them to become all that God has designed              to maintain clean air through outdated filters as      glass topped wall. he arrived at the hospital on the
Tesoros de Cristo Student Centre saying, “I thank God     them to be.                                                dust blows in and the obsolete delivery room serves    back of a motorbike, literally holding his insides in.
for putting this ministry here to reach the life of                                                                  as the only place for pregnant women to have           The hospital staff rushed him into surgery and with
parents and children. Thank you for looking after         BY orFa cerrato, COMPaSSION NICaraGua                      emergency caesarean sections. Fifty consecutive        incredible skill saved his life. One of the nurses even
these children who had been forgotten and releasing       WITh elke dunaiski, COMPaSSION uK                          hurricane seasons have also taken their toll on        donated a pint of her blood to save the child. That
                                                                                                                     the fabric of the hospital. The building is            sealed it for me. I want to show that level of
“i tHaNk god for toucHiNg tHe Heart of spoNsors to Help our cHildreN”                                                condemned, with its concrete sickness no longer        commitment to bring the very best hospital facility
                                                                                                                     repairable and fears that the operating theatre will   to the very least of these.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                             Mother’s day

                                                                                                                                                         nothing, not even the food she needs to keep her alive.
                                                                                                                                                         In a heartbeat, what was once a token activity would take
                                                                                                                                                         on an awful significance.
                                                                                                                                                               Sixteen thousand children die of hunger-related
                                                                                                                                                         causes each day. Each day – 16,000! Even as I write this,
                                                                                                                                                         I feel the need to go back and double check that figure,
                                                                                                                                                         because I think surely it must be wrong. It is not.
                                                                                                                                                               The majority of these deaths are not attributable to
                                                                                                                                                         outright starvation, but to diseases that move in on
                                                                                                                                                         children whose bodies have been weakened by hunger.
                                                                                                                                                         I weep for these children, but I weep doubly for their
                                                                                                                                                         mothers. I cannot imagine their pain.
                                                                                                                                                               how easy it is for the rest of us. We don’t have to
                                                                                                                                                         live that reality. We don’t even have to watch it happen.
                                                                                                                                                         In fact, we can lead our daily lives pretending that it

                                                                                                                                                         doesn’t happen.
                                                                                                                                                               and I think that would be not just sad but heartlessly

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                                                                                                                                                         cruel. These mothers need our help, and if we can offer

                                                                                                                                                         it, we should.
                                                                                                                                                               So I’m asking you today to dig deep and do what
                                                                                                                                                         you can. Sponsor a child, or an additional child, in a
                                                                                                                                                         country where poverty is real and deadly.

      FroM one Mother to another
                                                                                                                                                               I know firsthand that you mothers are incredibly
                                                                                                                                                         busy laughing, cuddling and playing with your kids, and
                                                                                                                                                         cleaning up a mess or two, or twenty, along the way,
                                                                                                                                                         (I cleaned an entire can of blue Play-Doh off the cat
                                                                                                                                                         today – that was a new one). So all I’m asking is that you
               my Name is           am not a Compassion executive or even a                       Now I’ll tell you what would impact me, and again I’ll give me an “amen” or two, then do what you can.
                                    Compassion advocate (yet!), I was never a                speak as a mother.
          lisa miles aNd
                                    sponsored child myself nor am I a fabulous                    ask me to wake my child in the            “ask me to wake my cHild iN tHe morNiNg aNd
            i Have beeN a
                                    Christian recording artist. My perspective is            morning and tell her she will have              tell Her sHe will Have NotHiNg to eat today”
           spoNsor witH       simply that of a sponsor with a passion for                    nothing to eat today. ask me to put her
              compassioN      Compassion and someone who deeply loves her                    to bed at night crying because she is so hungry. When she          Thank you for everything you do – and will do – to
         for two years.       sponsored kids.                                                looks at me with complete love and trust, knowing that she help children and their mothers. I know they would do
                                    I have to confess that the day of fasting and prayer     depends on me for everything; ask me to tell her there will the same for you.
              my HusbaNd
                              on behalf of the Global Food Crisis did not impact me.         be nothing to eat tomorrow either. Now ask me to repeat
          aNd i spoNsor       at all! I fasted, I felt some minor discomfort, but speaking   this daily until her ribs protrude, her tummy bloats, and she P.S. My husband said, “ditto for
            a 9-year-old      as a mother, one day without food is like a drop in            can hardly walk.                                              the dads.”
        boy iN etHiopia,      the bucket of sacrifices I’ve made since my child was               as a mum, I want to give my child everything, the
          aNd we Have a       born. You mothers understand. We have sacrificed our           best of everything. Now tell me that I can give her           BY lisa Miles, COMPaSSION SPONSOr
                              sleep, our free time, our career goals, our figures, and
                              our freedom to watch anything on television that
               cHild wHo                                                                        Honour a motHer tHis motHer’s Day. if you’D like to speak up on Her beHalf
                              isn’t animated.
                                                                                                anD see Her cHilDren releaseD from poverty, fill in anD return tHe
                is 17, also         One day without food – not a problem. To be a mum
                                                                                                encloseD carD, or visit
          from etHiopia.      is to sacrifice for others.

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                                                        a middle aged womaN roams tHe
                                                        streets of NoNgki village, tHailaNd
                                                        oN Her motorbike. Her appearaNce
                                                        doesN’t illicit aNy suspicioNs. However,
                                                        appearaNces caN be deceiviNg. sHe
                                                        looks arouNd furtively, Her gaze
                                                        fixiNg oN a small House Near barreN
                                                        farmlaNd. sHe greets tHe youNg girl
                                                        sittiNg oN tHe doorstep aloNe.
                                                                                                                                                                      a GrOuP OF TEENaGE GIrlS WhO havE BEEN TauGhT aBOuT ThE DaNGErS OF PrOSTITuTION

                            thE BAttLE FOR
                                                        “             o you want a new cell phone?” the woman
                                                                      asks. “Do you want to live in a bigger and
                                                                                                                       “we caNNot stay calm wHile tHese issues are corruptiNg aNd ruiNiNg
                                                                                                                        our commuNities. it is HarmiNg our cHildreN. we Have to take actioN”
                                                                      nicer house?” The young girl remains silent.
                                                                      “all you have to do is come work with me. You    Thai girls in a club, who become their companion or wife.       much they have or the amount of money they earn.”
                                                        will earn a lot of money so that you can have pretty clothes   They ride in nice cars and build big houses. Their rapid        ratchaya explains.
                                                        to wear and a nice car to drive. It’s a very easy job. Trust   rise to wealth has resulted in influencing young girls               14-year-old Supattra Somrit is one of the
                                                        me”, the woman urges persuasively. “No, thank you,”            from this area to follow in their professional footsteps,”      beneficiaries. “I will not let myself get involved in a risky
                                                        Supattra replies firmly. as a Compassion-registered child,     says ratchaya solemnly.                                         situation. I know that my body is worth more than
                                                        she’s learnt to spot the dangers.                                    Gangs also seek to lure girls into prostitution. They     material things. It is not worth it to trade myself in order
                                                              Child trafficking and exploitation is a critical issue   approach girls as young as twelve or thirteen, who are          to get the latest phone or a big house. If someday I
                                                        worldwide. Each year, an estimated 1.2 million children        not living with their parents, and seduce them with             choose the wrong path, I know I will lose every thing,
                                                        are traded in this modern-day slavery industry.                promises of the money they will earn and the luxuries           including my pride.”
                                                              In northeast Thailand, Nongki has quickly grown from     they can buy.                                                        Compassion workers also talk with parents about
                                                        an agricultural town to one that increasingly resembles the                                                                    relevant issues, regularly visiting homes. If the project
                                                        sordid, dark cities of surrounding Bangkok and Pattaya.        “we haVe to take action”                                        knows that a child is at high risk, they will spend more
                             “i will Not                                                                               “We cannot stay calm while these issues are corrupting          time with them.
                         let myself get                 lure oF luxuries                                               and ruining our communities. It is harming our children.             While progress is slow, Compassion’s perseverance
                           iNvolved iN a                “Prostitution has crept up silently into our community and     We have to take action.” ratchaya says.                         and determination in the battle against child
                       risky situatioN.                 has become a significant source of income over the past             In Thailand, Compassion is working with                    exploitation is starting to bear fruit.
                        i kNow tHat my                  three years. There are so many night clubs, pubs and           International Justice Mission to conduct workshops on                “I see changes in them after we train and talk with
                          body is wortH                 restaurants that have opened up. These places are              Child rights and Child Protection for all 220 child             them. Groups of girls who used to hang around the park
                             more tHaN                  targeted towards and service the local men who work at         development centres. The workshops instruct project             at night are decreasing. Girls who are at risk of being
                      material tHiNgs”                  the factories or as day labourers.” says ratchaya              staff working directly with children on how to prevent          exploited come and tell me that they will not go to the
                                                        Phosut-Tanapat, Compassion project director.                   abuse, protect them from ’predators’ and how to handle          park at night again because they are scared and they
                                                             “Marriages between Thai women and westerners              these situations properly.                                      don’t want to be victims,” concludes ratchaya.
                                                        working in Bangkok and Pattaya are becoming a major                 “We know that many of our children struggle
                                                        problem and we are deeply concerned. They move here in         with low self-esteem so we encourage and teach them             BY arada polwat, COMPaSSION ThaIlaND
                  ThaI GIrl PEEKS arOuND a larGE POlE   their retirement because of the low cost of living and meet    that the value of their life does not depend upon how           WITh nikki sealey, COMPaSSION uK

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                                                                                                                                                                                   “oNe of tHe reasoNs for our success Has
Haiti’s ricHNess iN Natural beauty,                                                                                                                                                 beeN tHis partNersHip witH compassioN”
culture aNd music is oversHadowed
by political aNd civil iNstability,
violeNce, Natural disasters aNd
poverty. but tHere is ligHt iN tHe
darkNess wHere cHurcHes briNg
Hope to commuNities.

         he Methodist Church was the first to establish a     A fruitful pArtnership                                      can impact the future of haiti through better leadership.”
         mission on the island and the fruit of the early     The church, through partnership with Compassion, has              abel is well on the way to fulfilling his dream. after                                            “tHe JoHN
         missionaries’ labour is still evident, with over a   been able to provide generations of children with love      graduating from the project he was accepted onto the                                               wesley cHurcH
         million evangelical Christians in haiti.             and encouragement, healthcare, education and                Compassion leadership Development Programme and                                                       is a beacoN
                                                              vocational training, as well as the opportunity to hear     obtained a university degree.                                                                            of ligHt”
Beacon oF light                                               and respond to the Gospel.                                        Today he works as radio Communication Operator
In the slums of Solino, the Free Methodist Inland Mission         Under the gentle guidance of Pastor David and his       for the united Nations in haiti. he is fluent in English,
is still going strong.                                        church, many young men and women have become                Spanish, Creole and French and plans to complete his
       Though thousands of people are crammed into            agents of changes. Several are now pastors, while others    Masters degree.
Solino, with no access to clean water, health care,           have gone on to become teachers, social workers and               But his first love is the children of Solino and he still
education or jobs, the John Wesley Church, under Pastor       even diplomats.                                             attends John Wesley Church, where, together with
David Charles, is a refuge of hope.                                                                                       Compassion, many more young lives are being changed
       Pastor David has served his congregation for over      impActing the future of hAiti                               for eternity.
twenty years and he remembers the early days. “I              Abel Jerome is one of the young men who grew up in
                                                                                                                                                                                            top: aBEl WITh ChIlDrEN FrOM ThE PrOJECT ThaT hE uSED TO aTTEND
preached to only forty people on Sundays and the school       Solino. “I could have become a gang member, were it         BY ephraiM lindor, COMPaSSION haITI,                              aBoVe: aBEl JErOME, WhO NOW WOrKS FOr ThE uNITED NaTIONS
was very small,” he says.                                     not for the support of Pastor David, the church and my      WITh elke dunaiski, COMPaSSION uK                                 IN haITI

       Today, his church has 450 members and the John         Compassion sponsor.” he says.
Wesley School provides education to over 350 children,             Abel has distinguished himself as an outstanding
                                                                                                                            through partnership with coMpassion, your church can work alongside churches in the
of whom nearly 300 are sponsored through Compassion.          leader and advocate of children. “I would like to magnify
                                                                                                                            deVeloping world to put god’s loVe into action. Find out how easy it is By calling our
“One of the reasons for our success has been this             what I have received from John Wesley Church so others
                                                                                                                            church relations Manager on 01932 827842 or Visit
partnership with Compassion,” Pastor David explains.          can benefit, becoming better Christians and citizens that

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     Fact FILE

 aN iNterview witH edouard lassegue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              news
 compassioN’s vice presideNt of tHe latiN america & caribbeaN regioN

                                                                  edouard lasseGue was born In port-
                                                                  au-prInCe, HaItI. He aCCepted CHrIst at
                                                                  tHe aGe of 13 wHen He beGan attendInG
                                                                  a neIGHbourHood bIble Club run by
                                                                  mIssIonarIes. edouard studIed and                                                                                                                                                  sri lanka startup
                                                                  Graduated from bob Jones unIversIty
                                                                                                                             Mother’s day
                                                                  wItH a bs deGree In bIble eduCatIon                                                                                                                                                We are excited to share the great
                                                                  (1986) and an ms deGree In sCHool                          This Mother’s Day, come alongside a mum who has to raise her                                                            news that Compassion
                                                                  admInIstratIon (1987).                                     children in poverty. By doing a Compassion Mother’s Day presentation                                                    International will be expanding
                                                                                                                             on 14 March, you can help to ease the burdens of mothers around the                                                     into the south east asian country
 Edouard returned to hait and started a church in the          Compassion is to visit churches and see how the church        world by releasing their children from poverty in Jesus’ name.                                                          of Sri lanka next year. Ministry
 same community where he spent his childhood and               is being used in transforming lives. This is very                Fill in and return the enclosed Mother’s Day card or visit                                                           activities will begin with the Child
 also started a Christian school. Edouard has been             humbling for me, especially when I see pastors excited  to order your free                                                                   Survival Programme, focusing on
 married to Gina for over 20 years and they have three         about their mission and the ministry to children.                Mother’s Day resource Pack.                                                                                          expectant mothers, babies and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     toddlers up to the age of three.
 children. In January of 2007, Edouard was named
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Please join us in lifting this
 vice President of the latin america and Caribbean             what issues aFFect the children                           kiliManjaro                                                                                                                 exciting new venture to the lord
 region of Compassion International. Prior to this             in your region?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and in welcoming Sri lanka to the
 position, Edouard served as the Country Director of           In a nutshell, drugs, child labour, violence, drug and    In June Compassion uK CEO Ian hamilton and lemonaid Director Justin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Compassion family.
                                                                                                                         Dowds will attempt to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise £250,000 to rebuild
 haiti for nearly 11 years before being named area             human trafficking, gangs, immigration and income
                                                                                                                         the only hospital on haiti’s impoverished la Gonâve island.
 Director for the Central america and Caribbean area.          disparity in society.
                                                                                                                              The current hospital building is condemned with concrete sickness
      The latin american and Caribbean region has
                                                                                                                         and in danger of collapse over the next few years. Its staff have to cope
 645 staff members in 12 countries and the work                are there any culturally speciFic proBleMs                with less than adequate facilities to serve the expanding population.
 Edouard oversees impacts 514,990 registered                   that May not Be aFFecting other regions?                     To donate or to find out more about the Kilimanjaro Challenge please
 children in 2,232 projects throughout the region.             urbanisation – poverty in latin america is mostly            visit
                                                               urban. 75 per cent of the population live in urban
 what does your role at coMpassion entail?                     areas – over 50 per cent are extremely poor. latin        Financial stateMents 2008-2009
 In my current role, I have three critical responsibilities.   america stands out by its significantly high
                                                                                                                         as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, it is my privilege to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors and
 First, I provide leadership to the region – including the     urbanisation level. Currently this level is slightly
                                                                                                                         supporters! The last ten years have been an exciting journey that has seen us lift thousands of children from
 area offices of South and Central america and the             higher than in Europe and very similar to that            poverty in Jesus’ name together. God bless you! tony neeVes, ChaIrMaN OF ThE BOarD OF TruSTEES, COMPaSSION uK
 Caribbean, as well as the 12 countries they manage.           observed in North america (uNPD, 2001). Youth
 I also represent the region to Compassion                     gangs and violence are prevalent in our countries.        summary of CompassIon’s annual report and fInanCIal statements for 2008-2009.
 International as a whole and finally I represent              urban life exposes the poor to great risks and
 Compassion International as a whole to the region.            suffering. This is particularly due to weak and
 This allows the country offices to understand the             unstable social networks in urban areas, so children
 background for the decisions the organisation makes           are more exposed to neglect and violence; and are
 and this is also where the advocacy part of my role           also over exposed to organised crime, drugs and
 comes in. We agree on the proper strategy to mobilise         gang violence. Immigration (especially in Central         InCome total = £16,960,040                              expendIture total = £17,156,508
 the church in our region.                                     america and the Caribbean) – parents leave children           GIFT aID Tax rECOvErED = £2,775,438                     COST OF GENEraTING FuNDS - £1,891,436                                         SuPPOrT COSTS - £673,554
                                                                                                                             DONaTIONS = £14,045,425                                 DIrECT ChIlD SuPPOrT GraNTS - £13,184,397                                     GOvErNaNCE COSTS - £82,521
                                                               behind as they migrate to the united States or other
                                                                                                                             OThEr INCOME = £139,177                                 DIrECT ChIlD MINISTrY aND aDvOCaCY COSTS - £1,324,600
 what do you enjoy Most aBout your                             countries and cities in search of jobs. This often
 work with coMpassion?                                         leaves children vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation       For a full break down of Compassion accounts please visit
 By far the most satisfying part of my work with               and child labour.                                         This information represents a summary extracted from the full financial statements of Compassion uK. The full accounts and an unqualified audit certificate, signed by Menzies llP,
                                                                                                                         Chartered accountants and registered auditors, are available on request from Compassion uK’s registered office. Copies of these accounts and the trustees’ reports have been filed
                                                                                                                         with The registrar of Companies and the Charity Commission. a full set of the audited accounts are available at or by post from our office.

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