Who we are

Compassion’s vision is derived from the parable of the good Samaritan, told by Jesus in the book of Luke. It is about a traveller who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road. And a Samaritan happens upon the traveller.

Although Samaritans and Jews despised each other, the Samaritan helps the injured man.

At Compassion, just as demonstrated by the good Samaritan, we desire to help and show love to all without bias or expecting anything in return. We are devoted to helping children of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and race — without imposing any religious obligation or conversion requirement

Compassion International is a Christ-centred organization engaged in transforåmative child advocacy and holistic child development, particularly for children living in extreme poverty. Through our mission, we are committed to honouring Christ in all that we do and equipping them with the skills and resources needed to be resilient in the years to come.



As a result of our ministry to children in poverty, Compassion will be trusted by the Church worldwide as the leading authority for holistic child and youth development and will be the global benchmark for excellence in child sponsorship.

Our Values ​




At Compassion, we believe that work is the stewardship of all the creation that God has given us. We express our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control. We are responsible for managing  His holdings well and according to His desires and purposes.

It is by God’s power that we increasingly become people of integrity. We are called to obey God and in so doing be people with uncompromised morality.

As Christians, we learn to value every human as an image-bearer of the Almighty. And just as Jesus did, we have the related duty to treat others with dignity and this demands the care of individual persons in need.



The God we serve is excellent As God has given and served us with only His very best, so should we. Along with that, we strive to be the best that we can be. To be fruitful, multiply what God has given us and serve others through a life of selfless service for Christ.

Discernment is of crucial importance in our lives as believers in Christ, and with it comes great benefits. We are  confident that God will provide us with the wisdom and discernment we need when we ask Him for it, because He desires us to live an empowered Christian life, filled with the understanding we need to follow Christ and be a light to the world.

What We Do

What We Do

To respond to our mission to release children from poverty in Jesus name, we have incorporated a holistic child development approach which seeks to equip children with skills and opportunities to interrupt the cycle of poverty.  The spiritual, physical, economic, and emotional interventions allow children in our program to have a chance to experience God’s love and be the best versions of themselves in their homes and communities. 

Our program also aims to preserve the family unit. We understand the importance of family and community in a child’s life development is crucial. Knowing that the best child development happens when children grow up in the context of a loving, healthy, empowered family. We are committed to working alongside families and communities to help children develop their God-given potential.

Historical background

Historic Everett Swanson

The organization was founded in 1952 by an American Evangelist, Rev. Everett  Swanson while on an evangelistic tour in Korea where he felt compelled to help Korean war orphans. He thereafter established a program through which individuals would sponsor needy children in Korea.

Today, Compassion International serves above 2 million children and youth from poor households in 25 countries globally. In addition to the current 25 program countries spread across Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean,  Compassion also raises sponsorship and non-sponsorship grants in 11 countries in North America, Europe, Korea and Australia.

Compassion in Kenya was registered in 1983. Currently, we have a presence in 30 Counties partnering with over 450 local churches to serve more than 130,000 children and youths.