Compassion International exists to “release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” Through its expertise in early childhood development, Compassion serves vulnerable youth with food, education support, medical care, and discipleship. In Kenya, Compassion has over 40 years of experience and has served over 133,000 children through 454 church partners.
Compassion recognizes the critical importance of helping its program participants find sustainable livelihoods. If young people cannot find work to provide for themselves and their families, Compassion’s goal to release children from poverty will falter. Because of this risk, in 2021, Compassion and Sinapis launched a pilot program to train 100 Compassion youth from four different regions of Kenya in our Aspire Launchpad. Experienced entrepreneurs, attorneys, and accountants provided practical advice on launching and growing a business. After learning to use the business model canvas, the students completed the course by pitching their business ideas to a group of judges.
Both Compassion and Sinapis see tremendous opportunity in working together to equip high-potential youth, and Compassion is sponsoring 100 more youth to complete the Aspire program in Kenya in 2022.