Bangladesh Adventures

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Global Interchange System

My new role with Compassion is working with funding outside the sponsorship money. We call this ministry Complementary Intervention (CIV) because it complements our sponsorship ministry. Compassion receives money from Donors and Foundation from around the world to do creative development projects among the communities, families, and children we work with. This is funding outside of sponsorship. Sponsorship money is tied into the child being sponsored. Where this money can be used for many different things.

In early January, I traveled to Compassion’s Global Ministry Center to receive training on using a new system to attract donors and keep information stored for all the proposals and final reports we have- now days. The new system is called “Global Interchange System (GIS).” It is a great improvement to the CIV ministry. CIV money now is about 40% of Compassion’s total budget so you can see it is growing and involves a lot of money, which means lots of donors and foundations out there. Anyhow, I received training on how to use the system.

Then at the end of January, I traveled to Hong Kong to give the training to the seven field offices in Asia that I’m responsible for. It was a great week that went very quick. Myself, and two staff from GMC gave the training. I was afraid it would drag out with nothing to train on or blank stares of the participants. But it was a good training on the new GIS system and we had fun together. However, it was cold and rainy in Hong Kong- overcast everyday.

More information on Complementary Interventions. CIV are additional benefits offered to Compassion-assisted children, families, or communities outside of the core programs that are funded by individual sponsorship. The activities could be but are not limited to: Bibles, Curriculum Development, Extra Educational funds, non-formal education, health, major medical, Partner Development, Parental education, advocacy for children, AIDS Initiative, Water Projects, Microenterprise/Income Generation, and Large Scale Disasters to name a few.