There are four distinctives, commonly referred to as the 4 C's of Compassion, that set Compassion apart. These are the things that make the ministry of Compassion different.
The third....Compassion is CHURCH-BASED.
The following was taken from Compassion's website....
The Church is God's chosen instrument to bring hope to a hurting world and to deliver justice to the poor and oppressed. That's why Compassion works exclusively in partnership with local churches in developing nations to deliver a holistic child development program.
Only the local church is uniquely qualified to understand the real needs of her community and reach the children in poverty who need her care. The local church creates an environment of unparalleled stability, enabling children the opportunity to experience God's love and acceptance.