Compassion Canada

February 16, 2011 14:50 ET

Kaitlin's Wish Inspires Others to Fully Fund Compassion Canada's Water Projects in Uganda

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2011) - In just seven weeks, Kaitlin Boyda's infectious generosity has inspired others to fully fund Compassion Canada's water projects in Uganda.

Compassion's ministry in Uganda began in 1980 and today supports more than 71,600 children in partnership with 260 local church partners. The Ugandan water project will give access to clean water to 21 of these church partners and the surrounding community. Kaitlin, a 17-year-old girl diagnosed with terminal brain cancer from Lethbridge, Alberta, used her wish from the Children's Wish Foundation to pay for one of the water installations.

When news of her generosity spread, Canadians were inspired by her compassion, and today over $200,000 has been raised—enough to make Kaitlin's wish for clean water a reality for thousands of children in Uganda.

"We would like thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your support of the Uganda Water Projects that Kaitlin has chosen to sponsor through her wish," says Brenda Boyda, Kaitlin's mother. "The amount of support Kaitlin has received in reaching her goal has been overwhelming."

Dr. Barry Slauenwhite agrees. "Kaitlin has been a great inspiration to all of us here at Compassion. Her selfless generosity is having an impact few individuals achieve."

About Compassion

Compassion International has partnered with the local church in the developing world to bring an eternal solution to poverty into the lives of children since 1952. Today, Compassion Canada and its international partners work with over 5,000 churches in 26 nations to bring care to more than one million children and families.

Contact Information

  • Compassion Canada
    Tracy Smith
    1-800-563-5437
    985 Adelaide Street South
    London, Ontario
    tsmith@compassion.ca