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.