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Where the world's 7 billion live.... This National Geographic map illustrates where and how the world lives. Not surprisingly, the areas with the highest income levels have greater life expectancy (77 for males, 83 for females compared to 58 and 60 in low income levels), access to improved sanitation (99 percent compared to 35 percent), among other human security factors. The need for development is critical in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 1 billion people live, many on $995 or less a year.

When you sponsor a child with Compassion, you help shatter the cycle of poverty. You change the world — one child at a time.

The child you sponsor through Compassion will receive opportunities and services that most of the world's poorest children will simply never see.

sometimes i just find myself dreaming of the day i get to go to there

The meaning of compassion is to recognize the suffering of others, then take action to help.

Did you know you can sponsor a child as young as 3-years-old?

Compassion's Holistic Child Development Model - we can all use this model to equip us with the skills we need to become better Christians in our society

Deogratias and his two siblings live with their grandparents in Tanzania. Deogratias likes art and group games at his Compassion center. At home, he gathers firewood, helps in the garden and cares for animals. Deogratias has been waiting over a year for a sponsor.

Africa is the second-largest continent and is composed of about 53 countries. Compassion's Africa child development centers, started in 1980, now serve more than 317,400 children in eight countries. Do you sponsor a child in Africa?

Drew and I sponsor 2 lovely girls through Compassion International. We are helping to alleviate the strain of poverty on their family. You can help someone out too. Check out our story and see who you can help. You can make a difference!