25 Powerful Photos of Children’s Rooms That Will Move You

“You are welcome here.”

With these beautiful words from the families whom Compassion serves, step into the homes of 25 children who live in poverty. Whether it’s a corner of a domed traditional home, a simple hammock, or a private space created by a curtain partition, each of these children’s rooms offers precious insight into their daily lives.

Look beyond what might appear like bleak or confronting surroundings. Many of these families do have stories of incredible heartbreak and loss, suffering and hardship. But these children’s rooms are still places of learning, dreaming, laughter and, ultimately, of hope.

Welcome inside.

poses with her children in their bedroom.

Brothers Marcos Alexandre, 9, Marcos Winicius, 13, and Kauan, 6, share this room in northeastern Brazil, though occasionally one of them sprawls out at night in a hammock instead.

Toddler wearing a yellow shirt and pink shorts. She is sleeping in a green hammock in her home.

Baby Sathinee takes a peaceful snooze at home in northern Thailand. She’s been separated from her parents since the pandemic closed the Thai-Myanmar border, but continues to thrive in the loving care of her doting grandmother and Compassion’s Survival intervention.

Girl sits on the floor in her home and works on her homework.

Maindi, 8, and her family are part of the Rendille tribe, indigenous nomadic pastoralists. She lives in a traditional domed home built of animal hide, sticks, and dung in eastern Kenya. Workbook propped up on her knee, she completes her homework before the light fades.

With Compassion’s support, she is enrolled in school — the only child out of her five siblings to attend.

A boy lays in the hammock where he sleeps every night. The house where he and his family live has just one bedroom, so João and his brother sleep in the living room.

His home has only one bedroom, so at night, 14-year-old Jao and his brother stretch out to sleep in hammocks in their living room in Brazil. “I know God is with me,” he says. “I can see him in the little things. Living in my situation helps me to see the world differently. It teaches me to value what I have and always makes me want to help people who are worse off.”

Jasper, wearing a white shirt and gray and white striped shorts, is sitting on his bed at home and he is using a cell phone with his feet. In the foreground of the picture is a fan. Behind his is a blue and white sheet hanging up as a room separator.

Little Jasper was born without arms in an impoverished rural community in the Philippines. On his bed, he demonstrates how he can use his toes to take selfies on his mother’s phone. He often says, “Don’t worry, Mama, I can do this.”

A mother, in a yellow dress, is sitting on a bed with her daughter with their heads pressed together. The walls are green and there is a red curtain, blanket and table cloth.

When mother Tigist fell sick and could no longer work, she worried that her daughter, Yeabsera, would end up on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. How could she pay the rent? Not only did Compassion’s local partner cover the costs, staff even provided them with this bed in the room they share. “Their help gave me a reason to thank God every day,” says Tigist, “because I can see God’s help through people.”

A girl in a purple shirt is standing inside her home holding a broom and sweeping. The walls are brick and she is next to two beds with clothes on them.

Ydania sweeps the floor of the bedroom she shares with her siblings in Cucúta, Colombia. Her family fled the spiraling economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela. As migrants, they arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs. In their new town, they are grateful for a safe place to sleep, even if it’s crowded.

Boy sitting on his bed looking off to the side. He is wearing a green and white striped shirt and blue pants.

In 2018, 16-year-old Benson’s home in Solai, Kenya, was engulfed by a wave of water from a collapsed dam. He lost all of his school uniforms, shoes and books. The Chelsea football (soccer) fan gave thanks to God that his home is still standing, and his family is safe.

Girl reads one of her sponsor’s letters on the bed she shares with her older sister every night. Kaylane is wearing a yellow shirt and red skirt.

Ana, 11, reads one of her sponsor’s letters on the bed she shares with her older sister each night in Fortaleza, Brazil. “When I read my sponsor’s letters, I feel so loved,” she says. “She makes me feel so special.”

A mother and daughter are visited by a Compassion project director. They are sitting together in their small house.

The Philippines is among the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, yet studies often show its people are among the happiest in the world. This is true for 17-year-old Jearvee’s family, who live in a slum in Metro Manila. The family of seven shares a tiny two-room home, where living quarters double as a bedroom. But, as Jearvee says, “We are happy all the time. I have everything that I need: my loving parents, my younger brothers and sister, my school and my church.”

Girl wearing a blue shirt and white skirt. She is standing in her home in front of her bed, holding pictures of her sponsors.

10-year-old Kalkidan proudly holds a photo of her sponsors in her new bedroom in Ethiopia. The clean, spacious room is vastly different from her previous home. The house she and her single mother rented doubled as a communal kitchen, where neighbors cooked at all hours. After seeing Kalkidan’s reality, her sponsors rented a safe, new home for the little family. Her smile says it all.

Two sisters sitting on their bed that has a mosquito net on it. There is an orange curtain to divide their room from the dining room. The bed is on top of a concrete block to give it height and protect the girls from water when the river floods.

Sisters Yosaira and Ilsa learned how to pray at their Compassion center in the Dominican Republic and now do so every morning and night. The bed they share may look unusual, but there’s a good reason it’s elevated. The concrete blocks help keep their bed dry if the nearby river floods. They store precious letters from their sponsors under their mattress.

Boy wearing a denim shirt and jeans. He is standing in his room and behind him is a large cabinet full of his older siblings' books. He is holding an armful of books and next to him is his bed.

In Bangladesh, Shakib spends his days chasing the best internet connection at home so he can participate in his online classes while schools remain closed. He shares this room with his father and older brother.

Girl asper, wearing a white shirt and gray and white striped shorts, is sitting on his bed at home and he is using a cell phone with his feet. In the foreground of the picture is a fan. Behind his is a blue and white sheet hanging up as a room separator.

Five-year-old Forgive draws a picture on her bed in Ghana. Orphaned at just 1 week old, Compassion’s church partner helped her grief-stricken grandmother to support the baby girl. Today, Forgive is healthy and thriving. “The good people in this church have kept her alive for me,” says her grandmother, Margaret. “God bless you and increase your work.”

A mother wearing a green shirt, is sitting on a bed in her home looking at her baby who is sleeping. The house is very crowded.

Just meters from the sea, mother Jonalyn watches over her sleeping 5-month-old baby in Metro Manila. Their tiny home, built of flimsy materials, is vulnerable to the ferocious typhoons that batter the Philippines each year. “I’m worried every time, especially for my baby. I’m so happy that the church is here to help us.”

Girl wearing a pink shirt and blue shorts. She is sitting on her bed hugging her teddy bear. Behind her are her toys.

At 5 years old, María José could not walk or speak and could barely move. Born with cerebral palsy in Ecuador, the little girl was given a bleak prognosis by doctors. But with one-on-one attention from Compassion’s church partner, María José has flourished, building her strength and learning new words. Today, at 7 years old, doctors predict she will one day walk on her own.

A mother and her toddler are siiting inside their home. On the left is a wooden table with clothes and other household belongings. Behind them is a mosquito net hanging from the wall.

Because of unemployment, Yves’ parents couldn’t afford a meal every day. When he was registered into Compassion’s program in Burkina Faso, he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. His health has since turned around! The lively toddler now keeps his mother on her toes.

A girl in white and orange sits on a bed holding and looking at a book through a doorway with green wood walls, red trim and purple curtain.

Klarisa’s family in North Maluku, Indonesia, loves color: Their bright home is painted like a rainbow. “My favorite thing about the program is that I get to study the Bible,” she says.

Sisters laying down on the bed they share with their grandmother. One is wearing a gray dress with pink hearts on it and purple socks. The other is wearing a purple dress.

Sisters Yaretzi, 9, and Julieth, 8, and their grandparents were forced out of their home by gang members in Honduras. The family had no other option but to build a makeshift wooden house near the city dump. On hot, humid days, the smell of rotting garbage is overwhelming. One of the girls’ favorite places is the bed they share, where they read Bible stories with their grandma. “I want to become a teacher,” says Julieth, “and share the Word of God with children.”

Boy is sitting in his room at a desk doing his homework. He is wearing a red tee shirt.

Eight-year-old Sammy works on his homework at the home he shares with his mother in northeast Kenya. “I love to do my homework in my room because it is a peaceful space and no one disturbs me here,” he says.

Enan with his parents and two of his siblings in his bed. The family is sitting on Enan's bed together. There are clothes hanging on the wall behind them.

Enán, 8, lives in the Peruvian jungle. Their home is typical of the houses in their community, made of wood with a woven-palm roof. Compassion’s church partner provided the family with iron roof sheets to protect them from the sudden tropical storms. “Sometimes, in places like our community, children do not have dreams or goals for their future,” says their father. “However, my children are encouraged at the center to make plans. They inspire them to dream to do great things.”

A mother in a pink and brown polka dot dress and a white sweater, sits on a bed looking at her sleeping baby girls, who are wearing white and covered by a blue blanket.

High above Eyerusalem and Absalat’s home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, vultures circle. They swoop upon the mountain of trash below. The twin toddlers live near the city dump. Their home is just 8 feet wide and 6 feet long, with much of the room taken up by the family’s bed. It’s worth it for the beautiful neighbors who live alongside them. The neighbors help mother Tiruwok by watching over the twins when she needs a helping hand.

Girl wearing shorts and a red shirt. She is sitting on her bed. There is an oxygen tank beside her bed.

Nadia’s oxygen tank crowds her bedroom in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, but the 12-year-old is very grateful for the equipment. Medical access in her village in scarce, but Compassion’s program ensures she receives the support she needs for her heart condition.

A girl in a white, gray shirt, sits on the edge of a bed in a room with brick walls holding and looking at papers on her lap. There are clothes stacked on the bed and a tan and black blanket. There is a red curtain in the doorway.

A little nervous, Violet reads her sponsor’s letters at home in Uganda before she meets them for the first time. When she saw their car pull up, all nerves were forgotten as she flung herself into their arms. “It was like we’d known each other ever since she was born and that we’d been apart for so long,” says her sponsor, Paul. “And I’ll never forget that moment.”

Girl holding her teddy bear in her room. She is wearing a pink tee shirt and is smiling at the camera. There is a wooden fence behind her.

Elizabeth hugs her teddy in the home she shares with her grandparents in the Amazonas region in northern Peru. She describes the day she received the toy — at her first Compassion Christmas celebration — as “the happiest day of my life.” The little girl was abandoned by her parents but is being raised in a home full of love — love from her grandparents, love from her sponsors, and love from Compassion’s local church partner.

7 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Elizabeth Morales -Hintz April 14, 2021

    It touches my heart seeing these kids . I was one of those kids long time ago. I wish to sponsor many kids someday but right now I have one and I am praying to God to be able to sponsor more.

    1. Shannon April 15, 2021

      Hi Elizabeth,
      How absolutely wonderful! It is a blessing to know you were once in the program and are now in a situation where you are able to help! What a huge blessing! 💙

  2. Pat Dickinson February 9, 2021

    My husband and I sponsor 9 children. I was happy to see examples from so many countries. Only Haiti was not covered of those countries our kiddies are from. Thank you.

  3. DAVID LITTLEFIELD December 12, 2020

    What a joy it is to read the inspiring comments and see the actual living situations of so many that Compassion assists! Barbara and I appreciate the opportunity to support/encourage young Jonelson in Haiti. When Compassion visited our church (Walnut Baptist, Mansfield, Texas) last year, it was encouraging to learn that a number of church members agreed to support children. We continue to pray for your staff/volunteers – that God will provide wisdom, discernment, encouragement, protection, sensitivity to His Spirit and GREAT JOY as you touch lives for God’s kingdom.

    To God be the glory!

    David Littlefield

    Romans 8:37-39

  4. Chanda December 11, 2020

    So sweet… I’m researching a lil I want to sponsor a child

  5. Ross Hallan December 5, 2020

    It makes me cry looking at these photos, imagining their living conditions, but amazed at their grateful hearts and beautiful smiles.
    Monthly sponsorship monies go a long way in these countries and communities..
    I will never abandon the three girls I sponsor.

    1. Shannon December 7, 2020

      Thank you so much for your words of support! We are honored by decision to sponsor three precious girls and even advocate on behalf of other sweet children still in need of a sponsor! We are so thankful to have you in our Compassion family!

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