These photos are a fascinating and, at times, confronting insight into the lives of children around the world in Compassion’s program.

It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small. Or if there are family memories or daily necessities hung on the walls. Or if there are treasures or clothes tucked under the bed. The bedroom is the one place we can shut out the world and curl up at the end of a long day.

It’s a safe haven.

It’s no different in the developing world. From the caregivers in our Child Survival Program to the families of the kids in our Child Sponsorship Program, it’s a privilege when they welcome us into their homes to share a glimpse into their day-to-day lives.

Enjoy these 24 stunning pictures of bedrooms from around the world!

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A typical house in the coastal region of Ecuador is made of wood and bamboo, and raised high off the ground to keep it safe from floodwaters during the rainy season. Even though her bedroom is small, Angelica is happy to have her own room. She does her homework sitting on her bed.

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pictures-of-bedrooms-nuda web final “I sleep on a mattress, in a mosquito net, with my two other friends. During summertime, it can be very hot in here. But in winter, it is very cold,” says 14-year-old Nuda. Because she lives in a boarding house in Thailand, there are about 60 girls living in the same one-story dormitory with no doors or partitions.

25 Stunning Photos of Rooms in the Developing World

25 Stunning Photos of Rooms in the Developing World

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pictures-of-bedrooms-loraine web final In Colombia, 17-year-old Loraine has spina bifida. She had to have the lower part of her leg amputated due to an infection but she didn’t let that hold her back. As soon as she graduated from high school, she began studies in the medical field.

Words by Eryn Carman, Social Media Specialist for Compassion US, and Zoe Noakes, Communications Specialist for Compassion Australia.

Photos by Ben Adams, Chuck Bigger, Sharon Tincher, Jeff Arnold, Paul Sherar, Tuangporn Wiroonchatapunth, Serge Ismael Ouedraogo, and Craig Thompson.

A version of this blog originally appeared on the Compassion International blog.