What is “Help Haiti Live”?
“Help Haiti Live” is a ticketed concert event taking place at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The event will also be streamed live at HelpHaitiLive.com for those who cannot attend the concert in person.
100% of on-line donations through HelpHaitiLive.com will go to Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales will go to Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund.
What is Compassion International?
Compassion International is a Christian not-for-profit ministry dedicated to the long-term holistic development of children in poverty.
Our ministry of Christian child development is two-fold:
- We work through the local church to provide child development programs that release children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
- We speak out on behalf of children in poverty, informing others of the needs and potential of children and motivating and equipping them to become increasingly involved in holistic child development.
How does my donation help Compassion help Haiti?
Relief supplies (e.g., water, food, cooking items, hygiene kits, medical supplies, temporary shelter, blankets, etc.) are being delivered to Haiti through our staging area in Florida and our two supply warehouses in Haiti. They are being provided to over 15,000 children and their families.
Water purification tablets, tents and tarps, medical supplies – for our church partners, local hospitals and our medical team’s use – are being provided as well.
Rebuilding of homes and restoration of our church partners’ facilities will be handled as part of our future relief efforts.
Your donation continues this work for months to come.
Is my cash donation to Haiti earthquake relief efforts applicable to my 2009 tax returns?
Yes. Charitable contributions made before March 1, 2010, in response to the Haiti earthquake can be claimed as itemized charitable deductions on your 2009 tax return instead of waiting to claim these on your 2010 tax return (see The House of Representatives bill H.R. 4462 passed 1/20/10).
As with any tax concern, please consult your own professional advisor to learn how a gift to Haiti relief bill will affect your tax situation.
How and when did Compassion start?
Compassion began in the heart of one man moved by Korean War orphans in 1952. Reverend Everett Swanson was on a successful preaching tour in South Korea when he encountered the bitter poverty of Korea’s unwanted children. He knew he had to do something.
Upon his return to the United States, Everett established a program that allowed caring people to provide food, shelter, education, medical care and Christian training for Korean orphans. That program was, and remains, the foundation and core of Compassion International.
What is Compassion’s mission?
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.
Where does Compassion work?
Today Compassion works in 26 countries. In Africa, we work in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. In Middle America, we work in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. In South America, we work in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In Asia, we work in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Do children have to become Christians to receive help from Compassion?
No. Children are welcome to participate in a Compassion project regardless of their faith. Compassion’s program, however, is unapologetically Christian and every Compassion project is connected to a Christian church or ministry. We want children to have the opportunity to see living faith in action, hear the gospel and be discipled in the ways of Christ. But neither they nor their families are under any compulsion to become Christians.