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LaReina and the “Compassion Experience”

LaReina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks, CA recently hosted the “Compassion Experience” – an interactive exhibit that is housed in a semi-trailer that Compassion International uses for community outreach throughout the United States.

The event introduces visitors to real-life children living in developing countries like India, Uganda or Bolivia and addresses their culture, quality of life, and personal responses to life in their respective countries.

Participants receive an iPod and headphones to facilitate a virtual tour of the child’s home town – walking through homes, streets, markets and schools. As Compassion International notes “Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.”

LaReina Compassion Experience pictures (2)

While hosted by the LaReina school community, 3,818 people visited the Compassion Experience exhibit. Dozens of volunteers provided support during the four days in Thousand Oaks and the feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child whose life is 180 degrees away from life in CA was a wake-up call for all those who visited the exhibit. Kudos to the LaReina community for the wonderful faith experience provided to their students, parents, faculty and neighbors.

If you are interested in learning more about the Compassion Experience exhibit and experiencing it firsthand, visit for a list of upcoming tour dates and locations.

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