Compassion International's "Change the Story: The Compassion Experience" is Coming to Anaheim

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Interactive Tour Immerses Visitors into Daily Life in Another Country

Young visitors listen to the story of a Compassion-sponsored child at the Mobile Experience.

Young visitors listen to the story of a Compassion-sponsored child at the Mobile Experience.

We built The Compassion Experience in order to really bring the developing world to America.

Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will bring its “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” tour to the Anaheim area August 15-20. The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may never have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.

The Compassion Experience
The six-day event will be set up in the parking lot of Eastside Christian Church at 3330 E. Miraloma Avenue in Anaheim from August 15-20. There, visitors will be invited on a 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 replicas of the homes and environments of these three Compassion beneficiaries. The event is free and family-friendly.

“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 will see that hope come to life at this event."

The Poverty Problem
The tour is highly interactive. Using individual iPods and headsets, visitors will hear stories of what life is like in poverty-stricken areas around the world where more than 1.4 billion people are living on less than $1.25 per day (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, 1 in 5 children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 101 million 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’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time. Compassion currently serves more than 1.4 million children in 26 of the world's most impoverished countries.

For more information about “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” visit, ChangeTour on Twitter, and on Facebook.

About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,200 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 13 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter at compassion.


CONTACT: Chris Hoffman, Compassion International

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