Compassion is a Christian humanitarian aid organization dedicated to help children living in poverty around the world. Through child sponsorship, young and vulnerable people are supported in their long-term development. We spoke with Marjan Horst, field experience specialist for Compassion in The Netherlands.Compassion helps children through sponsorship programFounder Everett Swanson traveled to South Korea during the war in the 1950s. He went to preach the gospel to the troops of the army. He also met children orphaned by the war. In 1952, he founded an aid organization to help orphanages, and later he set up a sponsor program. After naming the organization “Compassion” in 1963, local offices started to emerge all around the world. Compassion in The Netherlands was formed in 1996. Since then they have sponsored more than 40,000 children around the globe, giving them a second chance to pursue their dreams and live useful lives.Meet MarjanMarjan has been working for Compassion for the last ten years. As a field experience specialist, she is responsible for arranging travel for her organization and sponsors. “It’s our mission to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name,” Marjan explains. “We want to break the vicious cycle they’ve been in for generations. Not only by helping them in their education, but also by supporting them socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically so they can take care of their own families later in life.”Compassion works with a child sponsorship program through which children, from the moment they are born up until they are 22 years old, are being supported. Sponsors “adopt” a child by donating 33 euros every month. The “adopted” child then joins the Compassion program. Two to three times a year, children send a letter to their sponsors, and it’s a joyous moment every time they receive a letter back. “We really try to encourage sponsors to write letters to their child.”Sponsors also can meet their sponsored child in person. Several times a year, Compassion organizes trips to facilitate that. Not only do sponsors get to meet their sponsored child, but they also get to experience the culture of the country or area.