May 21 is the UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Compassion works in 25 different countries, each with their own unique and beautiful cultures. We value the cultural identity of the people we serve. That’s why we employ nationals of each country to staff our field offices and why our programs are run by local churches. They know and respect their communities. In many cases, Compassion centres are helping to preserve the culture, as children often learn the traditional songs, dances and instruments of their community at their Compassion centres.
On this day that we honour the beauty God has imbued into each culture, please enjoy these 14 gorgeous photos of diverse cultures around the world.
A Maasai boy grazing cattle in Kenya
A girl from Bangladesh in her community’s traditional dress
A family in the Amazon region of Ecuador
A boy in Burkina Faso at his family’s compound
Girls in Mexico wearing traditional dress for a festival
Girls in Togo preparing to do a traditional dance at a Compassion centre
A young woman doing a traditional dance in Thailand
These hats are a traditional part of dress for women in the highlands of Bolivia
Children in Tanzania wearing their traditional festive garb
Four dapper young men in Indonesia
A family in the Andes region of Ecuador
A man in Ghana wearing one of the colourful patterns of his culture (and a suave hat)
A Compassion graduate in Thailand who cares for elephants
A boy getting ready to perform at a Compassion centre in Guatemala