Compassion International: Change the Story
Compassion International

The Compassion Experience

The Experience

What if you could see poverty firsthand? What if, despite age, health or finances, others could experience God's heart for the poor?

Now you can.

Change the Story will bring you as close to another country and culture as you can get without a passport. This interactive, immersive display allows you to step into the life of a child who has suffered under the crippling weight of poverty.

But the journey does not end there.

In the span of less than 30 minutes, you will travel with that child from hardship to hope. And in the midst of hope, you will see that child's story transformed through the support of Compassion and the child's life-giving relationship with a sponsor.

Change the Story is an eye-opening experience that challenges your views of poverty, transforms your understanding of the world, and moves you to be the change for a child who lives in extreme poverty!

Global Poverty

In the developing world, poverty is a trap that keeps families mired in hopelessness. A chronic lack of resources causes a chain reaction that leads to malnutrition, sickness, stunted development, despair and, for millions of children each year, death.

Did you know …

  • 600 million children live on less than $1 a day?
  • 780 million people have no access to clean water?
  • Every 3.6 seconds one person dies of starvation — usually a child under the age of 5?

Compassion's strategy to fight poverty is unique. We know there is no quick fix, no single solution to poverty. We work to transform the lives of children in need by providing them with spiritual encouragement and teaching, nutritional support, medical assistance and emotional and social nurturing.

When children have this support system, they are free to grow, free to learn, and free to experience the love of Christ. They are finally released from the bondage of poverty.

How You Can Help

Children in impoverished countries do not dream of the future. They dream of rescue.

Sponsoring a child through Compassion International releases that child from the grip of poverty through your love, care and support. Sponsorship can be a deep, rich experience for you — one in which you build a relationship with your sponsored child, through letters, prayers and even visits.

Through Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program, children in poverty are nurtured and protected at partner churches in their very own communities. These churches are equipped to step in when children's lives and safety are threatened by poverty. These churches are safe havens for children, and as the church pours in, dreams come to life. The chains of poverty are broken.

And all of this can happen only when people like you, sponsors from around the world, choose to live out their faith for the sake of child.

Currently, more than 1.5 million children are in Compassion's sponsorship program — with more than 100,000 waiting to be matched with a sponsor.