SHANTHI NAGAR, India – In his impoverished community in India, Michael’s family works as rag pickers—gathering scraps of materials from the streets to sort and sell to retail scrap traders.
PERU – Fourteen-year-old Liana* (name changed to protect identity) had kept a dark secret for a long time—she had been raped by relatives and neighbors whom her family trusted.
HONDURAS – Suffering from extreme poverty, crime and violence in Honduras, parents are risking everything in hopes of a better life for their children.
Thousands have made the long and dangerous journey traveling across mountains, deserts and rivers attempting to reach the United States—only to find themselves on a bus or plane being sent back to their home country.
ISRAEL – Ale, a young mom in Israel, heard the alert sirens as she pulled into her driveway.
“I know it’s not a rehearsal,” she said. “I park the car as fast as I can and think which of the two children to pull out first and get into the house.”
She has only a few seconds to get her sons to safety before the incoming rockets arrive.
GEORGIA – When the downturn in the economy lead to Larry and Leigh both unexpectedly losing their jobs as supervisors at a technology company, they worried how they would make ends meet.
KENYA – For the students at the Entanda girls’ boarding school in Kenya, asking their teacher if they could get a drink of water was no small request.
The nearest water source was an open stream over a mile away, which students would have to walk to daily — bringing back enough water for all 172 girls.
BRAZIL – Not far from a popular soccer stadium near her home, 11-year-old Júlia (*name changed to protect identity) waits. A family member will sell her to the next interested passerby for just 45¢.
BULGARIA – Hundreds of Syrian families are living in crowded and unsanitary conditions with little hope of improvement.
Thousands of people fleeing their homes as a result of the fighting in Syria are seeking shelter across the border. Many of these refugees are trying to reach relatives living in European countries by way of nations like Bulgaria. However, once entering Bulgaria many don’t have the necessary papers to continue on.
GUATEMALA – Mirella loves numbers and excels at math in school. But when it came to her health, the numbers just didn’t add up.
At nine years old, she wanted so badly to run and play with her brothers and sisters—but her health prevented it. Mirella was born with an inguinal hernia, which causes severe pain in the abdomen and the only way for her to heal is through surgery.
LOUISIANA – Felicity was a young, single mom trying to do her best to pay the bills, provide for her daughter, and get the education she needed to get a better job.
She worked three jobs to make ends meet, but it still wasn’t enough to provide for their needs and be able to afford enough food for her precious little girl, Lannie.