About Us

About Compassion

Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus' name.

Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name, and this we do in partnership with local Evangelical churches in the Philippines.

We now have 345 church partners coming from 17 different denominations.

Our core strategy is the Christian holistic development of children in poverty through sponsorship.

Today, more than 80,000 Filipino boys and girls from 0-21 years old are being nurtured, educated, developed, equipped and discipled.

The statistics

Compassion child sponsorship makes a difference

Compassion Sponsored children are more likely to grow up to be employed, and leaders in their communities and churches.


More likely to find employment as adults


More likely to become community leaders as adults


More likely to finish secondary education

Financial Integrity

Outstanding stewardship is more than a priority at Compassion. It’s a passion and deeply held value..

Compassion is committed to investing at least 80 percent of donations received into front-line ministry. In fact, when you gave to Compassion this past year, 81.8 percent of expenses went to programs that directly benefit children.

Transparency and Integrity

>In fiscal year 2015, 81.8% of Compassion's expenses went directly to program activities helping children in our programs.
This is one of the highest percentages for a child sponsorship organization.

A Trustworthy Organization

Compassion has been a trusted charity since 1952.
Numerous financial accountability groups and accrediting agencies have recognized Compassion for superior financial integrity.

Our Leadership

Committed to Godly character, transparent stewardship, sound strategy development, and wise resource allocation.

Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado


President and Chief Executive Officer Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado has a deep love and passion for the beauty and potential of local churches fulfilling their Jesus-given mandate to redeem and restore this world for His name’s sake.

Born in El Salvador and raised in seven different countries, Jimmy has experienced firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities, especially in under-resourced environments.

Compassion’s church-based approach to delivering a holistic child development program resonates with Jimmy at a deep level.

Noel Pabiona


Noel Pabiona joined Compassion Philippines as Country Director in 2004. Before coming to Compassion, Noel worked at various companies based in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.

He also served in the Philippine government for four years as Chief Planning Officer for the National Livelihood Support Fund. From 1996 to 2006, he helped establish The Living Grace Christian Fellowship.

Noel earned a Bachelors of Economics from the University of the Philippines and earned a Masters degree in National Security Administration (MNSA) at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) last 2011 as Class Valedictorian. Noel and his wife Lot have two sons, Nathan and Timothy.