Where I Do My Homework: 8 Pictures of Tenacious Students in Asia

Going to school and doing homework are normal activities for many kids. Sadly, many children in poverty never get to experience the joys and trials of school and homework — or the rewards. Education in a classroom and at home is not normal for them or even an option.

School and homework give children huge advantages for future careers and a good quality of life, even though the kids themselves may not always like the work involved! That’s why Compassion is so key in changing the future for kids in poverty. With the support of sponsors, children in Compassion’s program have the resources to attend school and receive help from tutors at their Compassion centers. And education gives children the chance to escape the cycle of poverty that their families are caught in.

In the following pictures you can see how children and youths in Compassion’s program fight to get an education despite less-than-ideal circumstances.

Sirasak and Chaiweera

Sirasak and Chaiweera are sitting in front of a white Church building where they both always hang out during a break between Thai school and Chinese school.

Sirasak (right), 15, and Chaiweera, 14, attend the same Chinese and Thai schools near their homes in Thailand. They meet during breaks at the church behind them. They get together in the evening to do homework together so they can help each other. Out of all their subjects, both enjoy reviewing Chinese vocabulary words the most.


Karmaly's father is on the floor of their home helping with her homework.

Karmaly (left), 8, and her sister do homework with help from their dad, who always makes time for them in the evening. He was not able to finish high school, and he wants his kids to have a better future. “I love to read stories from my textbook and share with my friends when we’re all together at the [Compassion center],” says Karmaly, whose family lives in Bangladesh.

Angelica, Angelou and Angela

Two of the sisters are sitting on the floor working, and one sister is sitting in a green chair at a desk. There is a pink and yellow sheet hanging on the wall.

Sisters Angelica, from right, Angelou and Angela study in the basement of their house in the Philippines. “I squat on our floor to do my homework,” says Angelica, who does her schoolwork in the morning. Her sisters, Angelou and Angela, do their homework at night after dinner and before bed. “It is always dark and humid inside our home,” Angelica says, “but that doesn’t stop us from studying well and doing our homework.” She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a teacher.


Fourteen-year-old Yaowapa completes her homework before bed. She shares her school experiences in Thailand: “My Thai class teacher gives us a lot of homework. But I like English class, and I want to be a teacher and teach English.”


Friends sitting on a log in front of a house

Ten-year-old Leonardo and his friends live in a beachside Indonesian community where they do their homework every day. The village loses power daily because of the limited supply in the area. But students still have fun doing homework together! Leonardo, third from right wearing a red and white shirt, says he enjoys reading and answering questions.

Kyle and Karylle

Kyle and her sister, Karylle doing their homework. They are working on a table with a blue covering. The room where they are working is dark.

Kyle, 16, at left, and her sister Karylle, 14, do homework at their dining room table in the Philippines — the only table that can fit in their small home. Their mom, who graduated from college, inspires them to dream big. Kyle wants to be a chef, and Karylle is planning to be a flight attendant.


Chanikan is sitting in her bedroom and reading her Chinese homework. She is wearing a black tee shirt and is reading a book.

Chanikan, 13, does homework in her bedroom in Thailand. “My Thai school gives a lot of homework, mostly from my Thai and math class. But I like my science homework, because I love the experiments, they’re very amazing,” Chanikan shares.


The children are sitting at  a table working on their homework. There are brick walls behind them.

Twelve-year-old Madusha, middle, helps two of her younger siblings take turns finishing homework inside their home in Sri Lanka. There are five kids in the family, and only a few of them can study in the house at a time since it is so small. Their parents make bricks for a living, so they want their children to study and make a better life for themselves.

With education and the support of their sponsors and Compassion centers, students can achieve big dreams!

If you want to be a bigger part of empowering children and youths in this way, consider giving an academic scholarship to students who need extra financial assistance to receive a quality education.

International photography by Vera Aurima, Edwin Estioko, J. Sangma and Piyamary Shinoda

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  1. MARAGARET (MEG) August 26, 2022


  2. Kara August 26, 2022

    What a spark of JOY these children are! We love sponsoring the two boys that we do and hearing about them through the years! Thank you for all you do to give us the opportunity to step outside of our own lives to be a part of these children’s lives!

    1. Amy August 26, 2022

      Kara, thank you for sponsoring two amazing boys! We are blessed by your obvious heart to bring them into your life and pour love and encouragement into their lives!

  3. Mrs.J August 26, 2022

    Thank you for sharing. They value their opportunity to go to school so much. I am humbled by these pics and am grateful to God for the blessing of being able to help them.

  4. Gloria Greb August 25, 2022

    Thanks for sharing these photos….We don’t realize how many people (children) around the world do not have the opportunities that we have available in the United States…
    I am so proud of my child that I sponsor in Brazil….

    1. Amy August 26, 2022

      Gloria, thank you for sponsoring a precious child in Brazil!

  5. Darlene Clark August 25, 2022

    My child, Sharifa from Uganda, sends reply’s to my messages. She is sweet and humble and a blessing to my heart. I know she has the Lord in her heart and is a daily witness for Him.

    1. Amy August 26, 2022

      Darlene, thank you for sharing about sweet Sharifa! We are so grateful you have chosen to pour love and encouragement into her life!

  6. John August 25, 2022

    I pray the Lord will bless their diligence. Thank you for sharing this aspect of the children’s lives.

  7. Norma Gass August 25, 2022

    I have not heard anything from or about the child I sponsored. Mario

    1. Grace August 25, 2022

      Norma, I am so sorry you have not heard from your sponsor child. We would be happy to check on this for you and see if we can provide an update. Can you please email us at [email protected] with your sponsor information so we can further assist you? Thanks so much! 💙

  8. Gloria Halbach August 25, 2022

    Thank you for sharing these very cool stories of how they study and try hard at school to get a good education. The photos bring the stories alive!
    God bless you all!

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