New Compassion Docuseries Highlights Complexities of Poverty

New Compassion Docuseries Highlights Complexities of Poverty

In honour of World Eradication of Poverty Day, Compassion Australia have launched a 'Good Neighbour Appeal' along with a five-part series on YouTube.

To honour World Eradication of Poverty Day on Sunday October 17th, Compassion Australia has launched its annual ‘Good Neighbour Appeal’.

To further highlight this important observance day, Compassion Australia will launch the second episode of a new five-part docuseries that explores the complexities of poverty and challenges viewers to think about what it means to be a ‘good neighbour’ while examining the impact of poverty for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Sidhara Udalagama from Compassion Australia is the narrator for the Good Neighbour docuseries. Sidhara grew up in Sri Lanka but spent her adult years in England working in full-time ministry after graduating from university.

Sidhara says, “Poverty is complex, and its causes are more than just a lack of income or material wealth. The Good Neighbour, a new docuseries created by Compassion Australia, explores the multidimensional reality of poverty and the impact of neighbourly care through stories from people around the world.

Across the world, 356 million children live in poverty. Children suffer the greatest impact of poverty but are the least able to change their circumstances. Holistic development through child sponsorship can change this reality.

Clare Steele, CEO of Compassion Australia, says, “In Matthew’s gospel Jesus encouraged us to love our neighbours as ourselves - our neighbours in Asia are facing another overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases, leaving children living in poverty in critical need of support. Compassion partners with over 1,500 church partners across five countries to deliver our holistic child development program. More than 51,000 children and youth in Asia are supported through Compassion Australia.

The Good Neighbour campaign is hoping to see 2400 child sponsored in Asia.

Episode One in the Docuseries can be viewed below:

Episode two in the docuseries will go live here at 11.30pm on Saturday 16th October.

Click here for more details on the Compassion ‘Good Neighbour’ campaign

Sidhara Udalagama, is available for interviews on request. For more information, interviews or comment please contact Georgina Bible at Jersey Road PR. e:

About Sidhara Udalagama

Sidhara grew up in Sri Lanka but spent her adult years in England working in full-time ministry after graduating with an MSc in Organisational Psychology. She was in senior church leadership for over 12 years and has also worked with corporate and not-for-profit organisations as a speaker and leadership development coach where she has been involved in staff training as well as generating content based on developing organisational health and well-being. She is passionate about people fulfilling their potential in this world and becoming all that they were created to be. Sidhara is married to her husband Dev and enjoys eating, travelling the world and repeating those two things... preferably together.

About Compassion Australia

Compassion is a Christian international child development charity with more than 70 years’ experience working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children through local churches. Compassion is Christ-centred, child-focused, church-based and seeks to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. At present, 2.1 million children attend Compassion’s program centres in 25 developing countries. More than 80,000 Australians sponsor a child through Compassion Australia.

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