Compassion International is a Christian organization that sponsors children living in poverty around the world. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the organization operates in 26 countries. As of 2015, the organization provides aid to more than 1,350,000 children living in poverty-stricken areas. It was founded by Everett Swanson in 1952 as the Everett Swanson Evangelistic Association to support children orphaned by war in South Korea.
The Everett Swanson Evangelistic Association changed its name to Compassion International in 1963 to foster global appeal. In Canada, the organization operates as Compassion Canada, and this branch was founded by Bob and Janet Forsyth. In Switzerland, it operates as Compassion Suisse and is based in Yverdon-les-Bains.
This charity organization provides support to children in three phases: child survival, child sponsorship and leadership development. The child survival program provides prenatal care, health care, infant survival training, nutrition and education. The child survival program also provides spiritual guidance through a local church. The child sponsorship program provides food, clean water, education, life-skills training and medical care through a direct sponsorship. The leadership development program empowers graduates of the child sponsorship program to explore their leadership skills and achieve their goals in life.
Compassion International also operates in Asia, South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean.