Monday, October 20, 2014

Where Children Sleep

I thought these series of photos were stunning. It was difficult not to get too heavy handed with quotes and statistics. I hope I succeeded.

Now I have to go to work so I can pay for my kid's bedroom, electricity, cell phone, breakfast, volleyball fees, homecoming dress, transportation, laundry, water, medical care and internet access and I am really grateful I can do that.

Alyssa, 8 yrs old 
Kentucky, USA 

Per the US Census Bureau, 1 in 5 children in the US live in poverty. Poverty guidelines for a family of three is $1,650 a month. 

Roathy, 8 yrs old 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. - James A. Baldwin

Kaya, 4 yrs old
Tokyo, Japan

The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of global income. The richest 20% accounts for 75% of world income.

The financial distance between the richest and poorest countries was 3 to 1 in 1820 11 to 1 in 1913 35 to 1 in 1950 44 to 1 in 1973 72 to 1 in 1992

Bilal, 6 yrs old 
Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank 

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. - Nelson Mandela

Prena, 14 yrs old 
Kathmandu, Nepal 

121 million school age children are not attending school. A disproportionate amount are girls. 

Jaime, 9 yrs old 
New York, USA 

The poorest 10% of the global population accounted for just 0.5% of the world's consumption and the wealthiest 10% of the global population accounted for 59% of world's consumption. 

Anonymous, 4 yrs old 
Rome, Italy 

The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty. Be the first to seek to bring good, do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it. - Pope Francis

Li, 10 yrs old 
Beijing, China 

The poverty rate in China fell from 85% in 1981 to 27% in 2012. This is a per capita rate focused almost exclusively in urban areas. Globally, the poverty rate during the same time has fallen less than 10%.

Maria, 12 yrs old 
Mexico City, Mexico 

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - John F. Kennedy

Dong, 9 yrs old
Yunnan, China

157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day and 902 million live on less than $5 a day.

Nantio, 15 yrs old 
Lisamis, Kenya 

Nothing you do for children is every wasted. – Garrison Keillor

Anonymous, 9 yrs old 
Ivory Coast

17.8 million children have lost at least one parent to AIDS. 10 million children have lost both parents. By 2015 it will be 25 million.

Alex, 9 yrs old 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

You can't comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable. - Princess Diana

Indira, 7 yrs old 
Kathmandu, Nepal

According to the Nepal Child Labor Report, 1.6 million children are forced into work despite the fact that child labor is illegal in the country.

Rhiannon, 14 yrs old 
Darvel, Scotland

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. - John W. Whitehead 

Erlen (pregnant for the third time), 14 yrs old 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Per Protection Project, 250,000 to 500,000 children in Brazil are forced into prostitution. Actual numbers are impossible to determine. 

Ryuta, 10 yrs old
Tokyo, Japan 

I hope the book gives a glimpse into the lives some children are living . . . a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are. - James Mollison, Where Children Sleep



Now Am Found! said...

wow. very moving. thank you

March Matron said...

Thanks for reading and commenting! The stats are stunning. It is part of a series of three photo collections and I hope I'll get the other two put up pronto. The stats I found to go with the last one are just incredible.