York College to host ‘The Compassion Experience’ Sept. 15-18
Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship that releases children from poverty globally, will bring “The Compassion Experience” to York College from Sept. 15 to 18. The event, which is open to the public free of charge, will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty, as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country. Hours for the event are Sept. 15, noon – 7:40 p.m.; Sept. 16 and 17, 11 a.m. – 6:40 p.m.; Sept. 18, 9 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
“The Compassion Experience” will be set up at the Rail Trail Parking Lot just off West Campus Road. Visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of two children living in Kenya or the Dominican Republic. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope. The experience includes 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these two Compassion beneficiaries.
“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing
world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice
president of global marketing and engagement. “When people think of poverty,
they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money. Those
are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope.
Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in
children. And you’ll see that hope come to life at this event."