Our Amazing Neighbors: 15 Photos of Churches Around the World

Kelvin is wearing a white shirt and jeans. He is standing outside the Compassion center with his hands touching in front of him. The Compassion center building is yellow and green.

When a child enters the Compassion Sponsorship Program, he or she is registered at a local Compassion center. But before any center can open, a partnership is needed between Compassion and a local church.

Here are 15 photos of churches that partner with Compassion around the world!

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“God Can Change Things”: 3 Families Transformed

Gerald is wearing a black and white checked shirt. He is standing next to Julia, who is wearing a black shirt. They are standing in front of a brown wall.

When a child enters the Compassion program, they are not the only ones changed forever. One child being part of the Child Sponsorship Program or Survival Program can impact an entire family. Each family of a Compassion-assisted child has access to deep community, vital resources, and the Gospel message through local churches that partner with Compassion.

This holistic combination was truly life-changing for three families in Africa. Here are their stories.

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Leach is seen here wearing a bright yellow shirt, standing in front of a corrugated metal fence. She is holding a puppy, and is smiling at the camera.

What Is Daily Life Like for Kenya’s Girls?

These girls are like any girls, anywhere. They love to learn and play and have big dreams. However, like more than one-third of Kenyans, they live below the poverty line, and they face confronting challenges. With the support of Compassion’s local church partners, these girls have the care they need to rise above their circumstances with determination and hope.

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Boy wearing a blue shirt with white collar and the background is a blue wall of the kitchen’s front.

Kids Around the World: My Favorite Foods

Food! It’s part of our daily life and directly impacts our quality of life. What we eat says a lot about our culture too. So we thought we’d ask some children who attend Compassion child development centers: “What are your favorite foods to eat?” Here’s what they had to share.

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Weeview is wearing a blue shirt with black, green, and red stripes. He is standing in front of a white wall.

11 Quotes From Children Who Are Part-Time Comedians

Children are pint-sized comedians. If you’re not convinced already, take a read through this list of funny quotes from kids in Compassion’s program! The product of their creative minds — or perhaps the translation process — these funny one-liners perfectly capture the quirkiness and fun of children. Has the child you sponsor shared any gems in their letters?

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A Haitian woman smiles and holds her twin toddlers

7 Strong Mothers Whose Love Is Fiercer Than Poverty

These strong mothers would do anything for their children. Living in poverty with limited access to health care, food and education, many of them have experienced devastating loss and pain. But they persevere for their families.

So this Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate all the strong mothers around the world! Meet six women who work hard for their children and nurture them fiercely. And when that wasn’t quite enough, they sought the help they needed.

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A farmer stands in fields in the early morning in Indonesia

17 Gorgeous Photos of Gardens Around the World

In these photos of gardens around the world, you’ll see more than just plants. In these gardens are vegetables — but also opportunities. Fruits are flourishing — and so are small businesses started by families living in poverty. A fledgling sprout peeking up from the soil can signify a whole new future for a child. Because people in poverty who can grow successful gardens have not only a source of nutritious food, but also a source of income.

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A girl wearing a yellow shirt is holdng a sickle in one hand and a plant she harvested in her other hand. Other people are behind her and are helping with the harvest.

Extraordinary Teens in Ethiopia Help Farmers Save Crops During Locust Crisis

For 46-year-old Behailu, a farmer in Ethiopia, hearing of locusts reminds him of stories told by his father’s generation of farmers. But today the threat of locusts is no longer just a folk tale for Behailu and other farmers in East Africa — it’s a nightmarish reality.

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Group of children dancing in a dirt field in a city.

Facts About Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda is home to bustling cities, breathtaking national parks and unique wildlife. And amid all its natural beauty, you’ll find even more beautiful people and culture. Learn some fun facts about Uganda that will help you get to know this vibrant and diverse country where nearly 126,000 Compassion-assisted children live.

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Facts About Togo: A West African Treasure

Togo is a small West African country tucked in the midst of Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso and bordered on the south by the Gulf of Guinea. Let’s learn some interesting facts about Togo – the home of over 66,000 Compassion-assisted children.

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A group of children playing tug o' war

Facts About Tanzania: The Land of Wonders

Tanzania is a stunning country found in East Africa along the Indian Ocean. We’d love to share some interesting facts about Tanzania that will teach you about its fascinating culture and traditions. Come travel with us to the country that nearly 100,000 Compassion-assisted children call home!

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poses with her children in their bedroom.

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

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.

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