Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will be bringing its Change the Story: The Compassion Experience tour to the Atlanta area Sept. 20-24. The tour will educate local residents 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.
The Compassion Experience
The five-day tour stop will be held at the North Georgia State Fair at the Jim R. Miller Park (2245 Callaway Rd. SW in Marietta) Sept. 20-24. There, visitors will be invited on a 20-minute, self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of one of three children living in India, Uganda or Bolivia. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope. The experience includes 3,100 square feet of exhibit space, featuring exact replicas of the homes and environments of these three children who were previously sponsored by Compassion. The event is free, family-friendly and transformative.
“The stories are true and take you deeper than just visiting another country. You will walk in the very footprints of poverty and of hope,” said Wess Stafford, president emeritus, Compassion International.
The Poverty Problem
The tour is highly interactive, using individual iPods and headsets, offering visitors a sense of what life is like in extremely poverty-stricken areas of developing countries where more than 1.4 billion people are living on less than $1.25 per day1 (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, one in five children die before the age of five2, mostly from preventable causes, and 101 million3 children worldwide do not attend school. 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 International’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.4 million children in 26 of the world’s most impoverished countries.
Tour visitors are encouraged to make a reservation by visiting Compassion.com/change, however, walk-ins are welcome. Groups of 20 or more should email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their space. The cross-country tour will stop at more than 35 locations and travel 65,000 miles across the United States this year.