Whether it’s a corner of a domed traditional home, a simple hammock, or a private space partition by a curtain, each of these children’s rooms offers a precious insight into their daily lives.

These families have stories of incredible heartbreak and loss, suffering and hardship. But these children’s rooms are still places of learning, dreaming, laughter and, ultimately, of hope.

Welcome inside.


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Brothers Marcos Alexandre, 9, Marcos Winicius, 13, and Kauan, 6, share this room in Brazil, though occasionally one of them sprawls out at night in a hammock instead.

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Baby Sathinee takes a peaceful snooze at home in northern Thailand. She’s been separated from her parents since the pandemic closed the Thai-Myanmar border, but continues to thrive in the loving care of her doting grandmother and Compassion.

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Maindi, 8, and her family are part of the Rendille tribe, indigenous nomadic pastoralists. She lives in a traditional domed home built of animal hide, sticks, and dung in eastern Kenya. Workbook propped up on her knee, she completes her homework before the light fades.With Compassion’s support, she is enrolled in school—the only child out of her five siblings to attend. 

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Ydania sweeps the floor of the bedroom she shares with her siblings in Colombia. Her family fled the spiralling economic crisis in neighbouring Venezuela. As migrants, they arrived with nothing but their clothes. In their new town, they are grateful for a safe place to sleep, even if it’s crowded.

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In 2018, 16-year-old Benson’s home in Solai, Kenya, was engulfed by a wave of water from a collapsed dam. He lost all of his school uniforms, shoes and books. The Chelsea football fan gave thanks to God that his home is still standing, and his family is safe.

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Sisters Yosaira and Ilsa learned how to pray at their Compassion centre in the Dominican Republic and they now pray every morning and night. The bed they share may look unusual, but there’s a good reason it’s elevated. The concrete blocks help keep their bed dry if the nearby river floods. They store precious letters from their sponsors under their mattress.  

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Five-year-old Forgive draws a picture on her bed in Ghana. Orphaned at just one week old, Compassion’s church partner helped her grief-stricken grandmother to support the baby girl. Today, Forgive is healthy and thriving. “The good people in this church have kept her alive for me,” says her grandmother, Margaret. “God bless you and increase your work.”

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High above Eyerusalem and Absalat’s home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, vultures circle. They swoop upon the mountain of trash below. The twin toddlers live near the city dump. Their home is just 2.5 metres wide and 1.8 metres long, with much of the room taken up by the family’s bed. It’s worth it for the beautiful neighbours who live alongside them. The neighbours help her by watching over the twins when she needs a helping hand.

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Nadia’s oxygen tank crowds her bedroom in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, but the 12-year-old is very grateful for the equipment. Medical access in her village is scarce, but Compassion’s programme ensures she receives the support she needs for her heart condition.

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Elizabeth hugs her teddy in the home she shares with her grandparents in the Amazonas region in northern Peru. She describes the day she received the toy at her first Compassion Christmas celebration, as “the happiest day of my life.” The little girl was abandoned by her parents but is being raised in a home full of love—love from her grandparents, love from her sponsors, and love from Compassion’s local church partner.

 

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