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THE Exhibit

Located within Children’s Hunger Fund, Poverty Encounter is an interactive exhibit that takes you into four immersive environments in the developing world. Each environment highlights the story of a real child living in these circumstances. Onsite tours include a service activity, allowing you to respond biblically by providing both help and hope to those in need.


After “boarding a plane” in a simulated flight, guests will then be guided through four different immersive environments of poverty: a garbage dump in Guatemala, earthquake damaged streets of Haiti, a brickyard in Nepal, and an underground sewer in Romania.


At Poverty Encounter, guests hear from Bruno as he shares what it is like to live and work in an open dumpsite. Jasmine describes how her entire life changed in just 35 seconds after a 7.0 earthquake destroyed her city. Abiral explains how a brickyard trapped his family in a cycle of bonded labor. Hear how these children find hope despite these difficult circumstances and learn how families are being cared for through the work of the local church.

Your Impact

Since opening in December 2018, Poverty Encounter guests have made a huge impact on the lives of those living in poverty.








Poverty Encounter is an initiative of Children’s Hunger Fund—there are many ways to get involved and support the ministry! Whether you collect coins through Project Coin Pak, fill boxes with food through Project Food Pak, or volunteer at our facility in Los Angeles, Dallas-Metroplex, or San Antonio, we are grateful for your hearts to serve children in need!


With a heart to impact the next generation, Dave and Lynn Phillips, co-founders of Children’s Hunger Fund, took their children on many international trips to learn about poverty and the church’s response to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those living in it. Seeing how their children were moved to compassion through these trips, they sought to bring this experience to more people and developed Poverty Encounter. An initiative of Children’s Hunger Fund, this immersive and educational experience tells the story of children living in poverty, so that more people might be moved to compassion and service toward those in need.


Poverty Encounter is located within Children’s Hunger Fund at:
13931 Balboa Blvd. Sylmar, CA 91342.
Phone: (818) 979-7090
Email: [email protected]

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