Children in Poverty

Millions of children living in poverty live blighted lives — deprived of nutrition, water, medicine, education, shelter, protection, affection and opportunity. They are victims trapped in a cycle of oppression and disadvantage.

Children in Poverty

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Two barefoot children in poverty stand together in front of a wall. They are outside,  laughing and holding cups. One boy wears orange shorts without a shirt. The other boy wears long tan pants and a gray sweatshirt over a striped blue shirt.

Image name: Children in Poverty
Photographer: Helen Manson
File size: 15.6 MB
Date created: August 13, 2014
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: EF25-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 40.00 mm
Exposure: 1/80 sec; f/6.3; ISO 100
Image size: 5472 x 3648
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Uganda
Two children in poverty stand together in front of an outside building wall. The barefoot children are laughing and holding cups in their hands.

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The State of Children in Poverty

For many children in poverty their first day of life is also their last. Of those who survive that first day, many will die in their first month. Even more will die before the age of five. Compared to children born to advantage, kids in poverty are nearly two times as likely to die before their fifth birthday. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that progress has been made.

Since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, the global mortality rate for children under five years old has been cut in half. And the world community is committed to eliminating inequities in child survival altogether. But beyond that, the global community is also committed to providing a fair chance to every child. A chance to rise above disadvantage and discrimination, to push past predators and abuse, to fight off disease, ignorance, malnutrition and shame so all children — every poor child, every sick child, every unwanted child — may claim their rights and potential.

Disparity threatens the future of millions of children living in poverty. But the deprivation and sorrow it inflicts on children in poverty need not continue. The intergenerational cycle of despondency, denied rights and early death need not continue. A quality future is at risk because of child poverty, but it’s not lost yet. A different outcome can still be written. One where childhood poverty no longer dictates the rules. One where playing field has been leveled.

Image Details

Two barefoot children in poverty stand together in front of a wall. They are outside,  laughing and holding cups. One boy wears orange shorts without a shirt. The other boy wears long tan pants and a gray sweatshirt over a striped blue shirt.

Image name: Children in Poverty
Photographer: Helen Manson
File size: 15.6 MB
Date created: August 13, 2014
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: EF25-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 40.00 mm
Exposure: 1/80 sec; f/6.3; ISO 100
Image size: 5472 x 3648
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Uganda
Two children in poverty stand together in front of an outside building wall. The barefoot children are laughing and holding cups in their hands.

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Compassion International Serves Children in Poverty

Compassion International cares about children and cares about the poor. But it’s the intersection of the two as child poverty that creates extraordinary vulnerability and compels the organization to act.

Compassion International exists as an advocate for children. It serves children living in poverty, speaking up on their behalf, helping to meet their needs and working ceaselessly to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.

The strength of Compassion’s commitment to holistic child development of children in poverty is unique among major child sponsorship organizations. Unlike many organizations that implement community-development programs, Compassion fights poverty personally. Compassion is child focused. All of its efforts are about the individual child.

Compassion International approaches childhood poverty by establishing one-to-one long-term relationships with the beneficiaries in its programs. Each child in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program receives medical checkups and care, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, educational assistance, mentoring and access to special programs and services such as surgeries and disaster relief.

It’s only through a careful blend of holistic care that children can mature fully and escape the cycle of poverty. And it’s only through Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program that children have experienced empirically validated improvements in their circumstances.

Compassion’s leadership believes that changed circumstances rarely change people’s live but changed people inevitably change their circumstances.

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