What Poverty Tourism Gets Wrong

A woman selling beans on a street in Kibera, where some people go for poverty tourism.

Is poverty tourism just a harmless way to gain insight into what it’s like to live in poverty? Sidney Muisyo explains the underlying and deeply flawed messages that slum tours are based on and can further ingrain in us. He also explains how you can visit an impoverished community in a way that is mutually honoring and beneficial.

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Why Help People in Poverty in Other Countries When People Need Help Here?

Why Help People in Poverty in Other Countries When People Need Help Here?

Our time and resources are finite, yet there seems to be infinite need. We want to be kind to people in poverty and we want to do it wisely. Here are a few things to consider as you struggle through this question for yourself.

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A boy stands at a fence holding a glass of water.

Kids Around the World: Where I Get My Water

Find out where these 13 kids from around the world get their water in these beautiful photographs that show the need for more accessible safe water.

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Two girls in white and red shirts stand amidst foliage, looking somber.

What’s the Difference Between a Refugee, an Asylum Seeker and an Immigrant?

In the past several years, the number of people moving away from their homes has exploded. War, violence, political instability and poverty are pushing people to search for better places. But the terminology can be confusing. What’s the definition of a refugee? How is that different from an internally displaced person, a stateless person or an asylum seeker?

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The silhouette of two people throwing a fishing net into a lake.

How My Own Family Enslaved Me

Brenya’s aunt said she was taking him to another village to go to school. But instead he was forced into unpaid labor on Lake Volta.

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A girl wearing a blue dress looks at the camera with a serious look on her face.

How NOT To Help Kids in Need

What if, in our desire to help kids in need, our efforts actually hurt children living in poverty? Here is how NOT to help kids in need.

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El Salvador Facts Kids

This is What Life is Like in Urban and Rural El Salvador

Learn more about what it’s like to live in the smallest country in Central America!

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Two women and a girl sit outside on a bench, looking at a cell phone, surrounded by flowers.

Can Technology Help in the Fight Against Poverty?

Microsoft and Compassion have partnered to create a groundbreaking app that may change how nonprofits fight poverty around the world!

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A group of children in Honduras smile for the camera.

3 Ways the World Has Changed for Children in 30 Years

This year, Compassion joins other humanitarian and child-focused organizations around the world to celebrate a landmark: the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A convention might sound a little boring, but this historic meeting laid out the human rights that apply to all children. We have a lot to celebrate about the progress children’s rights have made in the last 30 years. We’d like to highlight three ways things have changed in the past 30 years for children.

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A large family sits outside of grass and mud homes in Kenya.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory: Wealth and Poverty

As humans we like consistency. We are uncomfortable holding contradictory beliefs and actions … so how do we balance Christian principles with the disparities we see around the world?

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A boy sits on an old sofa in a garbage dump.

Scrappers: 15 Photos of Life on a Landfill

Many Compassion-assisted families make their living on the garbage dumps. They don’t have much, but they do have determination, grit and enormous courage to do anything in order to provide for their families.

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A woman with a baby in her lap sits inside in front of a small fire with a pot on top of it, with smoke in the air.

9 Photos That Show What It’s Like to Be Poor in Asia

Have you ever wondered what daily life is like for a child who lives in extreme poverty? Although the countries where Compassion ministers around the world are wildly diverse, there are a few commonalities, based on the economic status of the families we serve. Day-to-day routines in these communities can be vastly different from what we experience. Here are nine photos that will give you a peek into what many people experience each day in the communities where Compassion works in Asia.

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A group of children sit on the floor in a line, eating plates of rice. Report: Hunger Is on the Rise in the World

Report: Hunger Is on the Rise Around the World

According to a new report, the number of people around the world who are hungry is growing.

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