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Free Roseville event brings visitors to another country

Interactive tour immerses visitors into daily life in Uganda, India, Bolivia
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Compassion International’s “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” is making a 10-day stop at Bayside Church from May 2-12.

The free tour is making its way across the country to educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty around the world and to provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel to a developing nation.

“The Compassion Experience” includes 3,100 square feet of exhibit space that features exact replicas of the homes and environments of three “Compassion” beneficiaries living in Uganda, India or Bolivia.

“In the 20 minutes the self-guided tour takes to complete, visitors will be immersed in the lives and stories of the children and travel with them from hardship to hope,” according to a “Compassion” press release. “It is an educational and transformative event for all ages.”

The tour will stop at more than 35 locations and travel 65,000 miles across the United States this year.

More than 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 5, mostly from preventable causes. Nearly 101 million children worldwide do not attend school.

“The “Compassion Experience” allows visitors to experience life under these circumstances first-hand, as well as to see the impact that a sponsor can have on a child’s future,” according to the release.

Visitors can make a reservation by visiting www.compassion.com/change. Groups of 20 or more should email changetour@compassion.com to make a reservation. Walk-ins are also accepted. Bayside Church is at 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Roseville.

Founded in 1952, Compassion International works to tackle 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. Compassion has been awarded 11 consecutive four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.