Compassion Experience brings poverty to Brighton’s streets this April

Brighton’s Jubilee Square will be visited by the Compassion Experience on Sat 13 – Sun 14 April. This 70-foot mobile trailer, created by child development charity Compassion UK, is a great way for people to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a developing country. This family-friendly experience will give visitors an insight into what life is like for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

The trailer houses the interactive, tactile, audio and visual stories of Sameson, a boy from Ethiopia, and Shamim, a girl from Uganda. Both Sameson and Shamim grew up experiencing the vulnerability, restrictions, and dangers that poverty brings in their respective cultures and contexts.

Brighton resident, Izzie Lovering, who recently visited Ethiopia with Compassion UK comments: “The work of Compassion UK is life-changing for children living in poverty around the world. I was lucky enough to visit some of the education projects that Compassion runs for children in Ethiopia and saw first-hand the huge impact it is having in these children’s lives. It was a privilege to meet young adults who had been supported as children through different Compassion projects. Following my experience I’m really excited that the Compassion Experience is coming to Brighton, giving people the chance to step into a different world and glimpse how people live, even just for 20 minutes. I’d encourage everyone to visit.”

Compassion UK is an international child development charity with more than 60 years’ experience of working with some of the world’s poorest children. At present nearly 2 million children attend Compassion’s church-based projects in 25 of the world’s poorest countries.

Justin Dowds, CEO of Compassion UK says, “The Compassion Experience brings the developing world to our doorsteps. When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of material things, but actually, poverty is the lack of freedom to make meaningful choices. Poverty narrows children’s horizons and undermines their ambitions. Through our holistic child development programme, Compassion stirs hope in children. You can witness that hope coming to life through the Compassion Experience.”

The event is completely free, and open to members of the public. Booking is not compulsory, but if preferred, advance bookings can be made at:

The Compassion Experience comes to Brighton’s Jubilee Square on Sat 13 – Sun 14 April 2019, 9am – 6pm.

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