The Art of Survival

Sometimes, making art is about more than expression and fun โ€“ it's about earning income.

In developing countries, many people make arts and crafts to sell in marketplaces to earn money for food, medicine and other needs. Compassion's church partners teach artistic skills to sponsored kids so they can earn money when they grow up. And children's caregivers in Compassion's Child Survival Program learn similar skills to support their families.

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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia

This Indonesian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ mom sells a craft she learned to make through Compassionโ€™s Survival program, which helps babies and their caregivers. She made pretty flowers out of colorful drinking straws.

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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Bolivia

A boy cooks food to sell at a fair hosted by his Compassion center in Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด. As an adult, he could choose to be a culinary artist โ€” someone who prepares, cooks and presents food.

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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso

Kids like this girl in Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ learn to make dresses and baby clothes at their Compassion center, which has sewing machines for them to use. Many families in poverty cannot afford sewing machines.

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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Haiti

A teenage boy in Haiti ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น ties and braids thread into a bracelet to sell. In Haiti, artisans line sidewalks selling their homemade goods to community members and tourists.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia

This Indonesian ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ mom sells a craft she learned to make through Compassionโ€™s Survival program, which helps babies and their caregivers. She made pretty flowers out of colorful drinking straws.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Bolivia

A boy cooks food to sell at a fair hosted by his Compassion center in Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด. As an adult, he could choose to be a culinary artist โ€” someone who prepares, cooks and presents food.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso

Kids like this girl in Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ learn to make dresses and baby clothes at their Compassion center, which has sewing machines for them to use. Many families in poverty cannot afford sewing machines.

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Haiti

A teenage boy in Haiti ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น ties and braids thread into a bracelet to sell. In Haiti, artisans line sidewalks selling their homemade goods to community members and tourists.

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