These photos of kitchens around the world say more than words ever could.
Every kitchen tells a story. From Latin America to Asia and Africa, these intimate images captured by Compassion’s photojournalists show the remarkable ways that families — usually women or children — cook their food, gather with loved ones to eat it, and organize their kitchens.
As you look at these photos of kitchens, you’ll no doubt marvel at how different they are from your own kitchen. In some cases, those differences are simply cultural. That is, cultures have their own unique traditions and methods of preparing food that have served their people for centuries.
But in other cases, the differences between most kitchens in developed countries and the kitchens in the photos are not only cultural, but also a result of poverty. All the families you’ll meet in these photos live in poverty and receive assistance in Compassion’s program. Many of them have makeshift kitchens put together with any materials they could find or were given.
No matter the reason for the differences, all these photos of kitchens around the world show the ingenuity, adaptability and diversity of humankind. And from each kitchen comes a unique story of the family who cooks, gathers and cleans there.