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Why we exist

Children are the most impacted by poverty and injustice. And yet they are the least able to defend themselves against it.

  • In 2013, there were around 385 million children still living in extreme poverty (defined as less than US $1.90 a day). That’s roughly one in five of the world’s children.
  • An estimated 5.9 million children die each year before reaching age five, mostly as a result of diseases that can be readily and affordably prevented and treated.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, newborn deaths account for about one-third of the deaths of children under age five.
  • In 2015, an estimated 57 million primary school-aged children were out of school.

Unless the world tackles poverty today, in 2030:

  • 167 million children will live in extreme poverty
  • 69 million children under age five will die between 2016 and 2030
  • 60 million children of primary school age will be out of school

Our Statement of Faith

Our Christian faith unites us, inspires us, and prompts us to reach out to children in need in partnership with local churches in more than 25 developing nations around the world. Compassion Australia is an inter-church, non-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. The following states what we believe:

  • The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • There is one God, existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Compassion believes in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His shed blood for the remission of sins, in His resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • Compassion believes salvation is found only through Jesus Christ and requires individuals to acknowledge their sin, accept His forgiveness and repent.
  • Compassion believes that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • Compassion believes in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • Compassion believes in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto eternal separation from God.
  • Compassion believes in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Compassion believes Jesus established the church to carry out His ministry on earth.