Compassion International karate kid Bricks on fire, karate chopped
Compassion child karate demonstration
Compassion International karate demonstration with fire
Girl karate chopping bricks on fire with hand

Kolkata, India, April 2009.  She's not learning karate for kicks; she's learning it to defend herself.  On first glance in the last picture, it looks like she's wearing a ring; it's actually a glowing ember.  Compassion International's holistic approach to child development is all about providing for the spiritual, economic, emotional, and in this case, physical, needs of the children they serve.  What that looks like differs from country to country, project to project.

Please read more about our India trip and click here for video footage on YouTube.

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