Compassion International (CI) is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. It works through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
The organisation that has operated in India for over 30 years, bringing in approximately Rs 292 crore per year and funds 344 NGOs here. The US donor has been working in the field of child rights for 48 years and is accused of promoting religious conversion and funding non-FCRA registered NGOs.
Compassion International was put under 'prior permission category' in May 2016. When a donor organisation is put under prior permission category, it is barred from funding any Indian NGO without the nod from the government.
Among other regulatory issues, CI’s own mission statement on its website, which says its aim is for “children in poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults” had raised a red flag with the government.
However, the MHA has allowed the US NGO to donate to some Indian NGOs after examining its applications on a case-to-case basis. Compassion International had sought home ministry's approval to fund 35 Indian NGOs of which 10 have been sanctioned, while 25 others are under scrutiny.
The US government has been actively pushing the case with former US Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly having asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to reconsider the decision to place Compassion International in the prior permission category.