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A Katy Church Gives Children an Inside Look into Poverty


January 2, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

The Compassion Experience at Katy's First Baptist Church allows guests to step into the life of a child impacted by poverty in an interactive 2000 square foot audio tour.

See Poverty Firsthand

The Compassion Experience is a free event coming to Katy’s First Baptist Church, 600 Pin Oak Road, January 17-20 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. Visitors can get a first hand glimpse of what poverty looks like through the eyes of a child in a free 30 minute immersive experience. The Compassion experience is an interactive traveling exhibit that takes visitors through true stories of children living in developing countries. Many parents bring their children to help them realize how privileged and fortunate they are.

Kid and Stroller Friendly; Wheelchair Accessible

Visitors receive headsets and follow an audio-guided journey. The exhibit features replicas of the homes and environments of real children who have grown up under the weight of extreme poverty.The space is wheelchair-accessible, stroller, and kid-friendly exhibit space, allowing anyone to participate.

The Stats on Poverty and Children

The event creator, Compassion International, says although statistics on poverty have improved over the past 25 years, there are still 385 million children living in extreme poverty.

Poverty is defined as less than $1.90 per day. Poverty such as this affects a child and their ability to grow up healthy and educated. Children are the most vulnerable in a poverty stricken area. Compassion International hopes to raise awareness of their situation through this immersive project.

Helping to Combat Poverty

Compassion’s answer for combating child poverty is one-to-one sponsorship. Sponsors are individually connected with a child who will get to know them personally through exchanged letters. A $38-per-month contribution provides life-changing opportunities from nutritious meals to tutoring.

Event Details

The Compassion Experience is free and open to the public. The event takes place January 17-20 at Katy's First Baptist Church (600 Pin Oak Road) 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. For more information on The Compassion Project, visit their website.


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