press release
12/10/12 05:21PM

Change the Story event invites Tampa to experience life in poverty

Change the Story: The Compassion Experience will visit The Crossing Church in Tampa Dec. 14-17. Through a free, 20-minute, self-guided tour, visitors will be immersed in sights and sounds of daily life for a child living in extreme poverty and will see innovative solutions to the poverty problem.


Interactive Tour Immerses Visitors in the Daily Lives of
Three Impoverished Children

- Compassion International’s Change the Story tour is making a four-day stop in Tampa at The Crossing Church from December 14-17. The free tour kicked off in Knoxville on July 19 and is making its way across the country to educate people about the realities of children living in poverty around the world.

The Poverty Problem
Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live in extreme poverty, making less than USD$1.25 per day. One in five children (over 9 million per year) die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes. Nearly 101 million children worldwide do not attend school. 

Change the Story

Change The Story: The Compassion Experience includes 3,100 square feet of exhibit space that features replicas of the homes and environments of three Compassion beneficiaries who live in extreme poverty on three separate continents.  In the twenty minutes it takes to take the self-guided tour, visitors will be immersed in the stories of the children and travel with them from hardship and despair to hope for a future.

Change the Story is a groundbreaking, interactive and immersive way of educating adults and children alike about the plight of the 1 billion poor around the world — allowing visitors to experience the sights, smells and sounds of an environment that screams, “There is no hope,” while presenting them with innovative solutions to the poverty problem.

Those who visit Change The Story will personally experience and celebrate the transformation of many impoverished lives, and, through that, realize their own personal transformation as many do when they travel abroad and see poverty first hand. The tour will stop at over 35 locations and travel 65,000 miles across the United States in one year.

Visitors can make a reservation by visiting Groups of 20 or more should email to make a reservation. Walk-ins are also accepted. The Crossing Church is located at 10130 Tuscany Ridge Dr., 33619.


Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive.  Compassion has been awarded eleven consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.









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