Poverty Encounter Description

Located within Children’s Hunger Fund, Poverty Encounter is a 16,000 square foot exhibit that takes you into four immersive environments in the developing world. After boarding an airplane and taking a simulated flight, you will visit a dump in Guatemala City, walk the earthquake-damaged streets in Haiti, go inside a brickyard in Nepal, and enter an underground sewer in Romania. 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.

Plan Your Visit

  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Advance tickets are required; select your preferred time from the calendar to the right
  • The experience includes a 75-minute guided tour of the Poverty Encounter exhibit and a 30-minute food packing activity (allow approximately 2 hours)
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your tour start time
    We recommend guests dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes

Virtual Tours

Can’t visit in-person? Take a virtual tour!  Poverty Encounter is excited to offer 60-minute virtual tours of the exhibit! Click the link below based on your group type:


Email: info@povertyencounter.org  |  Tel: 818-979-7090 | 13931 Balboa Blvd. Sylmar, CA, 91342

COVID-19 protocols for LA County:

  • All guests (age 2 and older) are required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Employees wear masks; hand sanitizer is available throughout the exhibit.
  • Please do not plan to attend if:
    • You are at high risk of vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus;
    • You are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, fever(100.4 degrees or higher), or any other symptoms of illness;
    • You have been sick with a respiratory illness, flu-like symptoms, or diagnosed with COVID-19in the last 10 days or you have been in close contact with any person sick with a respiratory illness, flu-like symptoms, or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Note: Close contact is defined as “any contact closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes OR unprotected exposure to bodily fluids, for example when a person coughs or sneezes close by or when people share a drink or eating utensil” (Source: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); 5/15/2020 FAQs for Managers by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health).
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