ARIKI supports Compassion, an international NGO that sponsors children to escape from extreme poverty. It has operated for 65 years in 26 countries and is known for its Christian values.
In 2003, ARIKI’s CEO Gianluca Ciuchi Davie decided to sponsor a 7-year-old boy who lived in extreme poverty in Haiti. As a result, he was able to see first-hand the extraordinary work that Compassion International carries out.
When Gianluca came to Spain in 2004, Compassion did not yet exist there. So to coincide with his move, and with the approval of the NGO’s headquarters in Colorado Springs (USA), he and his wife decided to open the Spanish chapter.
During its first 15 years of activity, Compassion Spain sponsored more than 3,000 children living in extreme poverty. That number continues to grow every year.
Gianluca and other members of the ARIKI group have had the privilege of traveling to different countries, accompanying other people on visits to meet their sponsored children.
These trips have shown them how the 29 euros a month needed to sponsor a single child can have an extraordinary, transformative impact.
And here’s the proof.
The boy who Gianluca sponsored in Haiti in 2003 is called Wilson. He is now 24 years old. Thanks to the financial aid he received at crucial periods in his life, he was able to study until he was 19 years old. Today, he has a job that allows him to support his family and be an active member of his community.
When Wilson eventually reached the programme’s age limit, Gianluca and his wife decided to sponsor another boy. Kelvin is 7 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic.
Because of Kelvin and others like him, our social commitment to Compassion Spain remains stronger than ever.
For anyone in the first world, 29 euros doesn’t mean much. For a child living in poverty, it can be life changing.