What would it be like to be a fly on the wall at Compassion-assisted child development centres across the globe?

What would be the activities, the lessons and the moments that make a child’s face light up—eyes bright and smile wide? What are the experiences that ignite excitement in the heart of a child? We caught up with some of our amazing friends across South America to find what they love most about their child development centre, and here is what they said:

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I love learning about God.

A little boy smiles at the camera with an open illustrated Bible.

“What I like most about my centre is that I can learn and read about God and how much He loves me.”

 —Yeferson, Colombia

 

I love spending time with my tutor.

Two little girls wearing pink shirts smile as their mentor reads to them.

“What I like most about my centre is receiving my tutor’s love and care; I especially love when they visit me at home.”

 —Julia, Brazil

 

I love learning how to take care of myself.

Little boy looks at the camera while brushing his teeth and holding a red cup.

“What I like most about my centre is learning about healthy habits.”

 —Edivaldo, Bolivia

 

I love being encouraged to dream.

A teenage boy stands infront of a yellow car holding up a sign that reads, " Car Designer."

“What I like most about my centre is that they inspire me to dream. “

 —Jonathan, Ecuador

 

I love being able to care for creation.

A girl in a brown sweater holds a black kitten while smiling.

“What I like most about my centre is that I’ve learned to love God’s creation.”

 —Liz, Bolivia

I love being encouraged to prepare for my career.

A teen boy and girl laugh together while reading books on the steps of their Compassion centre.

“What I like most about my centre is that is that they encourage me to become a professional.”

—Brayan, Ecuador

 

I love being able to play safely.

Little girl laughs as she hops in a big yellow banana bag.

“What I like most about my centre is that I can have fun in a safe place.”

—Yeraldin, Colombia

 

I love that I can develop my talents.

3 girls dance in a green dance studio in front of a large mirror.

“What we like most about our centre is that they help us develop our skills, talents and creativity.”

—Girls in dance class, Brazil

 

I love that I can learn practical job skills.

A girl cracks an egg in the middle of a pile of flour

“What I like most about my centre is that I receive job skills.”

—Naya, Ecuador

 

I love that my physical health is cared for.

A girl stands against a wall smiling being measured by her doctor.

“What I like most about my centre is that they care about my health through medical check-ups.”

—Judith, Bolivia

 

I love eating healthy meals.

A woman in an orange shirt and a hair net is in a kitchen making food for the project kids.

“What I like most about my centre is having a good meals cooked with so much love and care.”

—Compassion kids, Peru

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By Lina Marcela Alercón Molina, Betsy Grandez, Sara Navarro, Galia Oropeza and Jonatan Ruiz   

Written by: Compassion Canada