11 Sweet Photos of Birthdays Around the World

A group of children through confetti in the air, standing in front of a table with a birthday cake on it.

A birthday is more than gifts. It’s an opportunity to show children that they are valued and loved — and children in poverty shouldn’t have to miss out. Each culture might have its own unique traditions surrounding birthdays, and our staff ensures children feel celebrated within that tradition. Enjoy these sweet photos of children celebrating their birthdays around the world!

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Escaping Venezuela: One Boy’s Story of Fear and Hope

A teen boy in a blue shirt smiles at the camera inside a wooden house.

Venezuelan teen Jesús Daniel shares the harrowing story of his family’s flight from Venezuela to Colombia. He also shares about the hope his family and other Venezuelan immigrants are receiving through a local church, made possible by Compassion’s supporters.

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A young woman is silhouetted against a dusk sky.

The Churches Standing Up to Child Sexual Abuse

When Compassion asked our 25 national offices which one issue they believe is most negatively impacting the children they serve, five said sexual abuse. The stories are heart-wrenching. But there are also people willing to stand up and fight for the rights of children. It takes bravery, and it often costs them. That’s why we want to highlight churches around the world who are standing up to violence against children.

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A girl in a red plaid dress over a white collared shirt sits at a table with a pencil in hand, smiling.

Why This Girl No Longer Thinks She Is a Failure

“I am stupid, I am stupid, I am stupid.” For Sharith there was no other explanation. She must be stupid, she thought, because she couldn’t understand anything she was being taught at school. At age 7, Sharith was a first grader for the second time, but her school performance wasn’t getting any better. Her schoolmates made fun of her. Her mother, Yeimi, began to wonder if she should take Sharith out of school …

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A woman stands smiling with her son in their kitchen where they have been feeding people fleeing Venezuela's economic crisis

Venezuela Economic Crisis: How “The Poor” Are the Rescuers

Thousands of Venezuelans have poured into Cúcuta, Colombia, fleeing socioeconomic and political crisis. And it’s the poor communities of this city giving vital help. Read the inspiring stories of these rescuers, providing hope and compassion despite their own deep poverty.

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