Living and Learning

No matter where they live, kids have a lot going on before and after school. But for families without access to running water, electricity, safe playgrounds or cars, the daily routine looks a lot different from that in developed countries.
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A Hot Breakfast

Cooking takes considerably more time and work without the conveniences of appliances or electricity. Before changing out of her pajamas, Emelia, a sponsored girl in Ghana, lights a fire as her sister watches. She heats up leftover rice and beans to feed the whole family — and a few feline visitors looking for scraps.

Feeding to Stay Fed

Sponsored child Jazmin feeds her family’s chickens, geese and turkey in Ecuador. While many people living in poverty don’t own animals because they can’t afford them, those who do rely on them for eggs, milk, meat and income. Children commonly take on the responsibility of giving food and water to the family animals.

Chores for Survival

Nirora, a Rwandan boy in Compassion’s program, takes food to his goat. Children who work to keep livestock healthy play a vital role in their families’ survival. Chickens, cows, goats and pigs are among the most common animals that families in poverty raise.

Journey to School

Motorcycle taxis provide rides to school for kids in the Philippines who can afford the fare. For the 1 billion people worldwide living on less than $1.25 a day, the cost of transportation, uniforms, tuition and supplies can make education unaffordable. Sponsorship helps cover children’s school expenses.

Life After Death

After school, children hop between tombs in a cemetery that has become a makeshift playground in a neighborhood of Illoilo City, Philippines. Area children are often unsupervised because parents work long hours to feed their families. In this neighborhood, where graves are built above ground because of continual flooding, tombs also provide foundations for many homes.

All the World’s a Soccer Field

Yosua, a Compassion-assisted child in Indonesia, plays soccer near a landfill in his neighborhood. Impoverished communities often lack safe recreation areas, so children play wherever they can — in busy streets, dumps and dirty ponds. Dirty water often causes diarrhea, infections and other illnesses that can be deadly without proper medical care.

The Long Haul

Eric, a sponsored teenager in Kenya, fills a jerry can with water from a river near his village before carrying it home to purify the water. Compassion donors provided the filtration system that helps Eric’s family avoid waterborne illnesses.

What Safety Looks Like

When a child enters the gates of a Compassion center, she can temporarily leave behind an often-dangerous environment and relax in a secure one. Sponsored children like this girl in Colombia always have safe places to play when they go to their child development centers after school.

Outdoor Laundromat

Sometimes it’s easier to take clothing and dishes to a water source instead of hauling water back home for chores. Sponsored children Thayna and Ana help their mom wash laundry in a river near their home in Brazil.

The Wash Cycle

North American kids are no strangers to after-school chores like doing the dishes. But for children in developing countries such as Burkina Faso who have no running water at home, washing dishes and laundry often demands the extra chore of walking

Compassion Time

At their child development centers, sponsored kids can grow and play in a safe place. Whether they’re gaining life skills ­— like these girls in Rwanda learning to knit — or receiving tutoring, food, checkups or Bible lessons, Compassion time is a respite from the fight for survival.

Lighting the Way

Homework can be hard enough without the pressure to finish before light runs out. Because Toulassi’s home in Togo has no electricity, the sponsored girl must work efficiently to conserve the expensive kerosene that keeps her study lamp shining.

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