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Jan 15, 2010 5:12 AM by Matt Stafford

Compassion International trying to help sponsored children

The world's largest Christian child development organization, working to get kids out of poverty, is currently working to help children they've been caring for in Haiti.

Compassion International has been working in Haiti since 1968, and they currently have 230 child development centers serving more than 64,000 children.

"The damage is catastrophic," says Compassion International President and CEO, Wess Stafford.  "We are going to do all we can to provide immediate relief and to continue, without interruption, our long-term work with the children of Haiti to permanently break the terrible cycle of poverty in this, one of the poorest nations on the planet."

Some days she feels closer than others, but since the earth quake, Amanda Frye has thought a lot about a young girl she sponsors in Haiti.

"How much she's captured my hearty and just how valuable the relationship has been, not just to her but to me as well," says Frye, who has been a sponsor since October 2006. "I'm not married and don't have kids, it's like she's part of my real family."

Nearly 65,000 kids in Compassion International are given help by people like Frye, who give 38 dollars a month and much more in emotional support. It's the driving force behind their mission.

"Some American, some European who says, 'I may not be able to do everything that needs to be done, but I can do something for one child'" says Wess Stafford, describing Sponsors for children with Compassion International. Stafford is the President and C.E.O. Of Compassion International.

Those children in Haiti now need the help more than ever.

"There's going to be a lot of comfort, there's going to be a lot of counseling needed," Stafford says.

However, that work is down the road. Right now there's just a lot of waiting for the sponsors.

"I think it's going to be a couple more days before that information comes in, so there's really nothing to do right now except hope and pray that she's doing ok."

Compassion International will update sponsors as soon as they receive information. They will be putting information about the kids online, as well as information about how you can help with Haitian earthquake relief efforts. To find out more information click here.

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