Compassion tour brings living in poverty to life

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you have ever wondered what it's like to live in poverty, a mobile tour has brought the experience to Biloxi. Compassion International is in town for the weekend, showing people a glimpse into the lives of children who desperately need help.

Take Julian for example. She is from Uganda, and grew up poor and in danger, until the passion project helped save her life. Her story, along with Rubin and Brinda's are being shared on the Compassion mobile tour.

"Compassion International is a child sponsorship organization. They work in 26 countries around the world, and that's actually what you see here around the walls are children that are open for sponsorship," said Tour Manager Amy Soden.

Soden says Compassion is responsible for a number of projects, but the mobile tour has only been around for about a year.

"It's just about releasing children from poverty, and being a sponsor means that you're bringing hope into a child's life."

The three children highlighted on this tour are all adults now, but they were once sponsored by families through Compassion International. For one family, sponsoring a child isn't a new idea to them.

"We sponsor two children, and the biggest thing I want my children to learn is compassion for other people," said Bobbi Jo.

Visitors who come through the mobile tour begin by choosing one of three stories, either Julian from Uganda, Rubin from Bolivia or Brinda from India. Everyone is given a set of headphones and an iPod that allows you to listen to the child tell his or her life story.

Andrew Rester and his family went through the tour early Sunday morning.

"I think it teaches our kids how important it is to help people, to care about people, and if we're privileged enough to have these extra things, then we need to share with others," said Rester.

The mobile tour is in the parking lot of Edgewater Mall in Biloxi near the food court until 8 p.m. Monday.

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