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Immersive poverty experience visits Birmingham

An immersive poverty experience is coming to Birmingham this month allowing both adults and children to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a developing country.

The 70-foot mobile trailer, created by Christian child development charity 'Compassion UK', gives visitors an insight into what life is like for some of the most vulnerable children in the world using interactive, tactile, audio and visual stories of Sameson, a boy from Ethiopia, and Shamim, a girl from Uganda.

The family-friendly experience will be in Birmingham at Victoria Square on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2019 from 10am to 5pm.

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: compassionuk.org/experience. Justin Dowds, CEO of Compassion UK, said:

“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.”

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.

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