20 Photos That Capture How Awesome Children Are

The world feels a little wild at the moment, the future unknown. Yet every day I see stories about society’s smallest and most vulnerable members — children — who are facing extreme challenges with their heads up and their shoulders back.

Children — those funny, remarkable, resilient and surprising people — are one-third of our population and all of our future. If you need some hope today, here are 20 reminders that children are our future, and the future is in good hands.

1. Jasper’s remarkable first drawing

Jasper is sitting on a blue table using his feet to color in a coloring book. Jasper is wearing a white shirt and gray and white striped shorts. There is a calendar on the wall to one side of him. Behind him is his bed and there is a fan blowing on him.

Many parents proudly marvel at their child’s first artwork — even if it’s just a few scribbles. Jasper’s mother does too, but for a different reason: He created the drawing using his toes!

Jasper was born without arms in the Philippines. When he first tried to draw a picture using his toes, his mother was worried. But full of confidence, the 3-year-old said, “Don’t worry, Mama, I can do this.” And he did. The first picture he drew using his toes was for his sponsor.

2. Sharing letters with her animals

A girl sits in a grassy field with sheep and a cow behind her, holding a letter from her sponsor and smiling

Lizbeth always has a rapt audience as she reads her sponsor’s letters aloud in Ecuador. Not only do her school friends smile at her sponsor’s beautiful words, but the animals she cares for listen attentively too!

3. Girl power in the Philippines

Ariane is wearing a brown shirt and purple pants. She is pulling a fishing net in to help her parents.

Ariane is sweetly challenging gender stereotypes in her fishing village in the Philippines. “I help my father to tie his fishing nets; that’s expected of me as a girl,” she says. “What’s not expected of me is to help haul in the catch, but I do it anyway because I want to help my family.”

4. Maisa’s dream of flying

Maisa is at the back door to her house posing with her aunt's green parrot, Tico.

Like the feathered friend next to her, Maisa dreams of flying. She was born in Brazil with a congenital condition that meant her legs didn’t develop. Despite being unable to walk, her optimism is infectious. “I want to be a bird,” she says. “If I could fly, I would fly as high as possible until I reached Jesus. He lives in heaven, and I’d love to meet him.”

READ: This Girl in a Wheelchair Inspires All With Her Joy

5. Pauline’s childhood restored

Paulina is wearing a white shirt with a red and white skirt. She is outside her home chasing a white baby goat. There are green hills in the background.

This photo is more than just a cute picture of a little girl chasing a goat — it represents the freedom of a restored childhood. You see, Paulina’s father pulled her out of school because he wanted to arrange her marriage. Compassion’s church partner in Tanzania intervened, and today the 10-year-old is safe and back in the classroom. “I want to be a Swahili language teacher in the city of Arusha,” she says.

6. The new lending library

Snigdha, in a white and pink dress, and Prosanto, in a yellow shirt and pants, are sitting on the rug in the activity room holding and reading books.

This was the quiet scene after Snighda and Prosanto visited their first library! The concept of borrowing books was so new in their village in Bangladesh that center staff had to explain what a library was. “My child brings home books for reading every week,” says father Biren. “It makes me proud to see my girl able to read and write, which I have never been able to do as a farmer since I was a teenager.”

7. A light bulb moment

Dennis is wearing a cream colored shirt. He has an orange mask around his neck. Dennis is sitting at a table in his home and is doing homework.

Most children will do anything to put off doing their homework, but not Dennis. Until now, he couldn’t study at night because his family’s home didn’t have electricity. Today, the 11-year-old grins as he finishes his classwork under his family’s brand-new solar light. He is at the top of his class. “We have come from the darkness into the light,” says Muendi, his mother.

8. Bathing buddies in Thailand

Weeview is wearing blue shorts and a green shirt. He is in a field taking care of his family's bufalos. His favorite is a female named Mae-Preaw. He is standing with his hand on her nose.

Meet Weeview and his best friend and unusual bathing buddy: his water buffalo, Mae-Preaw. “She’s always had a tender loving care for me. And I always play in the water with her when she is taking a bath,” says the 5-year-old.

9. Cheeky friends in Kenya

A group of beneficiary girls are playing together outside the Compassion center.

Girls just wanna have fun, and these sweet friends’ joy is infectious!

10. A new hero in town

Potikorn is wearing an orange and white print shirt. He is standing in front of a white wall that has a superhero cape drawn on it. He is flexing his muscle.

Move over, Superman: Potikorn is coming for your cape. “I want to be a soldier when I grow up. I think a soldier is very strong, and they wear a green uniform,” says the 9-year-old in Thailand. “I saw it on TV. I like soldiers because they can protect people too.”

11. Bravery in Bolivia

Melani is wearing a bright pink shirt with black floral print pants. She is kneeling down beside a headstone in the cemetary where she works. She is holding flowers.

Could 15-year-old Melani be the bravest girl in Bolivia? The orphan is being raised by her grandparents and is her family’s primary provider. She works in a cemetery, cleaning tombstones on the weekend to earn an income. “I am happy, and what makes me happy is that my grandmother is next to me,” she says.

12. Meet Samsoudine, future mechanic

Samsoudine is wearing a blue outfit with black and white designs on it. He is standing outside his home with his younger brother, Adboul, who is holding up an old tire.

Is this a glimpse of Samsoudine’s future? The 6-year-old and his younger brother in Burkina Faso play with a tire outside their home — something he hopes he’ll do for a living when he’s older. “I want to become a car mechanic when I grow up to repair many broken vehicles in the city,” he says, “and build a big house for my mother and dad.”

13. School is cool for Jose Luis

José Luis is wearing a green and white shirt, a hat, and a backpack. He is standing outside his with his arms outstretched.

Head thrown back, eyes squeezed shut, and arms flung in the air: This was Jose Luis’ joy on his first day of kindergarten in Bolivia. “I’m happy to be in school,” he says. “I will do my homework and obey my teacher.”

14. Three times the fun

From left to right, Delvin, in green shorts, Axel and Axel lie on their backs on a red mat on the floor in the playroom at the child development center.

Cuties Delvin, Axel Ulises and Axel have more than just their quizzical expressions in common. The trio are all part of Compassion’s Survival Program in El Salvador. The new baby gift their mothers received after their arrival contained all the practical supplies they needed but struggled to afford.

15. Childlike faith

Allison is wearing a white shirt with a design on the front. She is standing in a room with orange walls praying. Her hands are folded in front of her. Other children are behind her praying.

With her eyes closed, hands clasped, and thoughts turned toward God, 8-year-old Alison feels at peace. Her beautiful perspective on prayer is inspiring. “I like to pray. When I close my eyes, I feel how God sees me and pays attention to what I’m saying,” says Alison, who lives in Guatemala. “In the moments of trouble, prayer brings peace to my heart and in the moments of gratitude, he brings joy.”

16. Genesis dances with joy

Genesis is wearing red pants with black polka dots, a red shirt and a pink vest. She is in a large classroom playing with her friends. They are dancing.

A year ago, this carefree moment of Genesis dancing at her Compassion center was almost unimaginable. At 1 year old, she suffered from anemia, parasites and chronic malnutrition that left her weak, thin and pale. Through timely treatment from Compassion’s partner in Peru, the little girl has been transformed into the joyful, active child you see today.

17. The simple joy of clean water

Jimmy is wearing a blue shirt. He is holding his mouth open and is catching water with it.

Water tastes better when you drink it straight from the tap. That’s what Jimmy thinks, anyway. For the 5-year-old in Ecuador, simply having access to running water is a joy. “Every time I am thirsty, I go to church to drink water because there is no clean drinking water in my house,” he says.

18. Kevin’s eggcellent explanation

Kevin, in a blue jacket, sits on a wood stool in front of a door holding brown chicken eggs in his hands.

“Chickens lay a ball. A ball that is called an egg,” says this 4-year-old in Bolivia. Thanks for the eggscellent explanation, Kevin!

19. Vitoria’s bright future

Several children are pictured here, laying in a circle with their heads together. They are covered in colorful powder and are happy and smiling.

When poverty threatened to leach the color from Vitoria’s world, hope found through Compassion’s program restored it to full color. “I’m so happy,” says the 5-year-old in Brazil. “I’d like to paint my body with pink and a lot of other colors, just like my heart inside.”

20. A final message from Bolivia

Eight children stand on a hill above a city holding up white letters that say THANK YOU.

“TH-a-NK YOU!”

Children are our future, and the future is in good hands.

12 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Miguel Gutierriez August 22, 2023

    Thank God for the Compassion International Family. Granting us a way to aide children in need.

  2. Barbara F. Willson May 15, 2021

    Matthew 19 : 14 JESUS said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of

    HEAVEN belongs to such as these.”

    I love seeing these beautiful, joy filled children being well cared for by Compassion International. I am blessed

    by being a part of two children lives to help insure they have greater opportunities in life. All praises and glory to

    Our Lord and Savior.

    1. Grace May 17, 2021

      Hi, Barbara. Thank you so much for sharing this verse, it is one of our favorites! We are so blessed that you have chosen to sponsor two precious kiddos. Thank you for making an eternal difference!

  3. deborah edwards March 11, 2021

    I am so glad I clicked on to see these pictures. They not only brought a smile to
    my face, but to my heart. Its one thing to read about the children but to actually see them interacting in life and sharing their dreams makes me feel like I’ve met them. My prayer is that one day I can visit the child I sponsor. Keep up the great work you are doing to further God’s kingdom here on earth. God bless you all. ?

  4. Mary December 28, 2020

    These pictures bring such joy to my heart. Despite all the turmoil and fear this past year, God’s glory and protection is constant and true. What is really exciting is I believe our sponsor child,( from Bolivia) is holding the letter “Y”! ❤️

  5. Mary November 20, 2020

    I found myself smiling as I scrolled through these joyful moments caught in pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  6. patty carlson October 9, 2020

    Sweetest faces ever❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Terri October 9, 2020

    I see starfish when I look at the precious faces of these Compassion kids. Remember the story of the child who was throwing a starfish on the beach back into the ocean when an old man asked why he was bothering when there were so many of them? The child replied that he had made a difference for that one! That’s why we sponsor children through the ministry of CI-we’re making a difference here and hopefully for eternity. May God bless every child with a committed and loving sponsor to bless and encourage them!

  8. Becky Earhart October 8, 2020

    Seeing these precious pictures reinforces why I support children through Compassion.

    May God bless all the children and may God bless Compassion.

  9. Michael D. Bailey October 8, 2020

    Great pictures! So encouraging. Convicting too.

    Read today in LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS by David Gibson, “Laziness is a way of hating our neighbors.”

    Lord, Help me to be diligent in providing for the needs of children like these pictured here! Help me not be “me” centered!

  10. Dan and Lita Schlueter October 8, 2020

    It warmed my heart to see these beautiful and precious children who are God’s masterpiece!!! Thank you for reminding us through these pictures of how God loves them through your ministry!

  11. Deborah Christian October 8, 2020

    Beautiful! Such a blessing to see these precious children. Thank you!

Add a Comment

Read the ground rules for comments.