How does Compassion decide which country to work in next?

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I'm wondering how Compassion decides which countries to work in. I am an American, but I spend two months every year in an impoverished village in Côte d'Ivoire. I have been a sponsor for years and have visited Compassion projects in India in the past, and each time in Côte d'Ivoire that I see kids running around unsupervised and unfed while their parents work on the farm, I can't help but think what good a Compassion project could do there. If there a way to start a Compassion partnership with schools and churches in Côte d'Ivoire, I would be happy to serve as a go-between or part-time in-country contact. I also have friends in the government there, and I am well acquainted with a number of school principles and church pastors who I think would be overjoyed at partnering with Compassion. I'm sure there is a complicated process for getting set up in a new country, but I'd like to know what that process involves!
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Hi Hannah! Thank you so much for sharing your heart for the people of Côte d'Ivoire! The process for opening Compassion centers in new countries can take several years to accomplish. Compassion follows an in-depth process of investigation, analysis, and research for God's direction to expand into the countries and communities. Our criteria for opening new countries includes the following:

-God's leading: Each decision about a new country is wrapped in prayer. No country is selected unless the responsible staff are convinced of God's leading and blessing.

-Need: Compassion works in some of the world's poorest communities. Local church partners then select the children in their communities who have the deepest need to participate in our program.

- Strong local church partners: Christian leaders and churches must be willing to invite our ministry into their country and competent Christians to staff country offices and lead projects. Because our work is in partnership with the local church, we can only locate in developing countries where the Evangelical churches have building facilities and enjoy the freedom to minister in their communities.

-Risk management and legal issues: A country may not have legal barriers to our ministry. There must be a provision for international banking. Our work with the local church to encourage long-term Christian child development also must be understood and accepted.

If you wish to express your interest in beginning work in Côte d'Ivoire, you may write to the address below. We will ensure your request is received by the correct area office.

Compassion International

Sponsor and Donor Relations, Operations

Colorado Springs, CO 80997