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The Compassion Experience coming to Corpus Christi

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A national organization is bringing the daily struggles of children living in poverty across the world to Corpus Christi. Compassion International will host  interactive tours next week to help people understand what these children go through.

This organization is dedicated to helping children in poverty and trying to make an impact through experience. Yorktown Baptist Church at 5025 Yorktown Blvd is hosting “The Compassion Experience” from January 19th-22nd.

Compassion International is a child sponsorship organization that work in 25 countries around the world helping children out of extreme poverty.

 The idea is of this exhibit is to help find these kids sponsors to help them succeed in life.

 The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.

This free four-day event will be set up in the parking lot of Yorktown Baptist Church. There, visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of two children living in Guatemala and Uganda.

The exhibit will be open:

Friday, January 19, 2018  11:00 am–6:40 pm

             Saturday, January, 20, 2018  10:00 am–5:40 pm

             Sunday, January 21, 2018  9:40 am–5:00 pm

             Monday, January 22, 2018  10:00 am–5:40 pm

Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope. The experience includes 1,700 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these two Compassion beneficiaries.

The goal is to encourage more people to sponsor a child living in such circumstances.

“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money.

Those are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope.

Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in children. And you’ll see that hope come to life at this event.

The Poverty Problem The tour is highly interactive, using individual iPods and headsets to offer visitors a sense of what life is like in extremely poverty-stricken areas around the world where the World Bank estimates that 700 million (9.6 percent of the global population) live on less than $1.90 a day (USD).

In the areas Compassion serves, nearly one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 124 million children worldwide do not attend school, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

Tour-goers will have the opportunity to “change the story” of children living in poverty by learning more about the issue, as well as Compassion’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time. Compassion currently serves more than 1.8 million children in 25 of the world's most impoverished countries.

For more information about “The Compassion Experience”, visit www.compassionexperience.com@Compassion_Exp on Twitter, and www.facebook.com/compassionexperience on Facebook.

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