How come most employees are white when you work with Africa, Asia and South America?

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How come most employees are white when you work with Africa, Asia and South America?
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Stella Yang

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Stella, 

Please know that Compassion is supportive of and hires people from all races and any ethnicity. Our main office is located in Colorado in the United States, which means we do have a larger population of people who are from the United States, many of whom are Caucasian, but definitely not all of them. We have two other main offices located in the Philippines. These offices are staffed 100% by alumni of our program. This means they are all children from the Philippines who have grown up and graduated from the program. Also, each center, in each country, is staffed by locals. This means our offices in Africa only hire local people in Africa, and so on and so forth. 
When you take all this into consideration, I really feel like the majority of our staff are actually from the countries we work in. But overall, I would say we have a wonderful balance of highly qualified employees who love and cherish the children we serve. :)
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Cecilia Breisch

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God didn't pick us to bring Glory to His name through Compassion International because of our race, He brought us to provide these children with hope, love compassion, to know there's someone willing and able to give a child in poverty our belief of His Will be done. Please don't stereo type God's earthly Angels.
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Michael Lee

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Stella Yang, I am a sponsor, not an employee. I was blessed to have a visit with 2 of my sponsor children in Indonesia and Thailand and I did not see one "white" person while on the visit. I am not sure of your direct questions intention, but I can tell you that the projects are run and overseen by a local church, that knows the what is best for the children in the specific location. If you are asking about in the US, I have volunteered at a Compassion Experience and they depend on volunteers to  help. I can tell you that there were people of many different ethnicity that were there.

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Interesting observation.  I have been involved with sponsoring kids through Compassion for about five years and have been on five trips.  As far as I can tell, the in-country people are always local people.  The tour guides from the States have been a good mix of ethnic backgrounds.  When I think of global organizations with no ethnic bias Compassion is the first that comes to my mind. 

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