Thousands of supporters of child development charity Compassion (based in Hampshire) flooded Instagram, Twitter and Facebook this weekend to share their amazing sponsorship stories from over 21 countries around the world.
The charity’s annual #SponsorSelfieDay on 15 September is a digital awareness event, where supporters share their unique and personal stories of how they are changing the life of a child living in extreme poverty through sponsorship. 2018’s #SponsorSelfieDay saw over 1,000 posts made using the campaign hashtag on Saturday, with 76 per cent of posts being made on Instagram.
UK Actress Naomi Scott was amongst British Compassion supporters posting about the children they sponsor. Her post on Instagram and Facebook featured 7 year old Sisay from Ethiopia who she sponsors. Commenting on her photo Naomi said: “Compassion truly want to break the vicious cycle of poverty through working with families to give the next generation an opportunity to help themselves, their families, and ultimately their communities.
“Partnering and running projects through local churches, not only helps families who are struggling to provide for their children, but also brings communities together in a beautiful way. I won’t stop shouting about this charity because I can truly say the work they do is incredible!!”
Compassion is an international Christian child development charity with more than 65 years’ experience working with some of the world’s poorest children. More than 100,000 children are connected with British sponsors through Compassion UK, and at present nearly 2 million children attend Compassion’s church-based projects in 25 countries around the world.
Nick Harris, Compassion UK Senior Director of Marketing and Engagement explained the idea behind the day. “#SponsorSelfieDay is a way to use social media for good. It’s a way to transform a selfie into something that can ignite compassion in others to help children in extreme poverty. When people share about the child they sponsor, they show that sponsorship impacts lives: the life of the child who is being given a hope and a future, and the life of thousands of supporters here in the UK.”
Sponsors were asked to share a photo of their child along with a caption explaining why they sponsor and to tag @CompassionUK or hashtag #SponsorSelfieDay.
Child sponsorship through Compassion of £25 a month is enabling thousands of children across the world to have a different future. It enables children to be part of their local Compassion project where they will receive nutritious meals, emotional and spiritual support, medical attention and the chance to get a good quality education. However there are still thousands more who need support so they too can realise their dreams for the future.
For more information on how you can help visit www.compassionuk.org.