25 Powerful Children Portraits

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Today is the Blog Action Day1. Today bloggers all across the globe are uniting and publishing posts related to poverty. We want to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause. Smashing Magazine strongly believes that together we can make a difference by informing people about the problem and donating money to charitable organizations.

We considered various options for this post: we could showcase designs or posters related to poverty, or we could scour the Web for poverty-related icons and wallpapers. But we decided to do something different. We decided to prove that each of us can help make poverty history.

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For this purpose we collected beautiful portraits of children who lived in poverty but are now supported by charitable organizations. These photos were shot by photographers, photojournalists and organizations who have tried to improve the conditions of children in poor countries. The money these organizations raised gave these children hope, a future, something to rely on and something to believe in. There are millions of children out there who need your help. And you can help them by donating to the Global Fund3 and donating to Kiva4.

Poverty: Let’s Make A Difference!

I’ll be there to protect you…5
Street children from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil35322996.

Children in Poverty7

There are many who seek the stars8
A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil35322996.

Children in Poverty10

Being There11
Child in poverty, san francisco, 6/26/07.

Children in Poverty12

Blonde Poverty13
“This gleaming young girl from the poorest of favelas (shanties) in our region, captured by my lens during our Beija-Flor na Comunidade (Hummingbird in the Community) programme there a few weeks ago, is a prime example of beautiful Brazilian diversity.”

Children in Poverty14

Children15
“Whilst our governing politicians fight to defend their heavily criticized wage increases of more than 90%, Christmas and every other day of the year is a plight for survival for families such as this one in Brazil, where each day is merely just another one in a long line of monotonous days and where expectations for positive social change are few and far between. ”

Children in Poverty16

Jessica17

Children in Poverty18

Children19
Photos are shot by Jake LeBoeuf.

Children in Poverty20

I have dreams…21
“This boy seemed a bit different from the others. He seemed to think and have some sort of individuality. He will have tough odds to face to keep them as he grows. Poverty, lack of good education, religious leaders drumming up paranoia and above all a world suspicious of him just because he is a Muslim.” This photo is taken by Sharad Gupta22.

Children in Poverty23

A boy24

Children in Poverty25

…and they call us the future?26
“Whilst our governing politicians fight to defend their heavily criticized wage increases of more than 90%, Christmas and every other day of the year is a plight for survival for families such as this one in Brazil, where each day is merely just another one in a long line of monotonous days and where expectations for positive social change are few and far between. ”

Children in Poverty27

Yes, that’s me!28. A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil35322996.

Children in Poverty30

Bianca31. A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil35322996.

Children in Poverty33

Elias34
A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil35322996.

Children in Poverty36

Children in Poverty37

Through the eyes of terror…38
“Tamira’s cousin, Emily, is one of many family members in this extremely large family group, who live secluded in the woods surrounding Sítio Joaninha. Their little, invaded small-holding is not what it used to be when grandpa was alive and managed to keep everything and everyone well-organized.”

Children in Poverty39

Port area40
“these kids, who lived in a tattered shanty at a squatters area in manila, had to wait anxiously for their mother as she tried to make a meager living washing clothes.” The photo is taken by Roger Alcantara41.

Children in Poverty42

For the sake of love?43
“Almost one third of pregnant women in Brazil are pre-adolescent or adolescent (10-19 years old); more than 54% of Brazilian girls who had left school became pregnant at least once.”

Children in Poverty44

Kigali45
“Student returning home from school. Kigali, Rwanda. Afrika. June, 2005.”

Children in Poverty46

Smile sis!47

Children in Poverty48

Sichuan, Khampa nomads49
This girl was found between Litang and Xiangcheng in China.

Children in Poverty50

Reach for a star51

Children in Poverty52

Patientko53

Children in Poverty54

Kolkata55
“This is a child from New Light, an NGO located in Kolkata, India. The mission of New Light56 is to promote gender equality through education and life-skill training, thereby reduce harm caused by violence and abuse to women and young children.”

Children in Poverty57

The Unbearable Burden of Poverty58
“In the land of infinite need, it’s the children who suffer the most… Always the children… ” The photo is taken by Cameron MacMaster59.

Children in Poverty60

Last Click

An eye on the community…61

Children in Poverty62

Brazilians!!! Think about us…63

Children in Poverty64

How can you help?

Make a difference right now! Speak with the people you know and people you don’t know, promote the day, use some post ideas65 for your blog and donate to the Global Fund66 and Kiva67. Thank you.

Make the difference!68

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://blogactionday.org/
  2. 2 http://blogactionday.org
  3. 3 http://www.change.org/nonprofits/projects/index/171480
  4. 4 http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=941
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/1256519839
  6. 6 http://www.carfweb.net/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/1256519839
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/87223820/
  9. 9 http://www.carfweb.net/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/87223820/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stoneth/636977915/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stoneth/636977915/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/229632970
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/229632970
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babarharoon/269530195/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babarharoon/269530195/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/113945012/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/113945012/
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Photojournalism/92468
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Photojournalism/92468
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharad_gupta/2667849397/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/sharad_gupta/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharad_gupta/2667849397/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/246590598
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/246590598
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/335463126/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/335463126/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/534904330
  29. 29 http://www.carfweb.net/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/534904330
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/1895664056
  32. 32 http://www.carfweb.net/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/1895664056
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/362006522
  35. 35 http://www.carfweb.net/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/362006522
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/127878074
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/458927152/in/set-72157594253443546/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/458927152/in/set-72157594253443546/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roger_alcantara/101934984/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/people/roger_alcantara/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roger_alcantara/101934984/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/421459494
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/421459494
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/75779700/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/75779700/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/249881813/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/249881813/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devriese/2236586842/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devriese/2236586842/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/84573928/in/photostream
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/84573928/in/photostream
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/switi/456763675/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/switi/456763675/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lasfotosdealberto/452141678/
  56. 56 http://www.uddami.org
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lasfotosdealberto/452141678/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/40816499@N00/2657821066/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/people/40816499@N00/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/40816499@N00/2657821066/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/441467338
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/441467338
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/281683291/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/281683291/
  65. 65 http://site.blogactionday.org/poverty/fight-poverty/
  66. 66 http://www.change.org/nonprofits/projects/index/171480
  67. 67 http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=941
  68. 68 http://www.change.org/nonprofits/projects/index/171480

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  1. 1

    I’ve seen alot of Blog Action Day posts.. and this is one of the best. I love the pictures!

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  2. 52

    Not a single one laughing…

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  3. 103

    Nice Article ….!!
    Here is my photography ….!!!

    Flowers In The Dirt
    Complaining Eyes
    Unhappy Future
    :(

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  4. 154

    Oh My God …
    Reallllly very beautiful photos !!
    Thanks very much …………….

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  5. 205

    Very impressive. The world around us has many such characters that we tend to igone in first glance.

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  6. 256

    good picturess!! really good pictures!!

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  7. 307

    One word… Fantastic

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  8. 358

    Thoses pictures are beautiful…

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  9. 409

    Great photos! The expressions of the faces are as real as they look.

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  10. 460

    May I use these photos in a video in support of saving children?
    If there is no response within ten days I will assume that it is Ok

    My email address is chalee1000@yahoo.com.
    Please contact me.
    Thank you

    Charles

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  11. 511

    Superbe ! (*)

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  12. 562

    why do they all look poor and helpless… ? Aren’t there beautiful, clean children that could impress ?

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  13. 613

    1 John 3:17-18
    “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

    -1
  14. 664

    Muy buen trabajo. Exitos!

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  15. 715

    I loved them all but I love Jessica the most :)

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  16. 766

    how pity they are.. i hope that the government could see that so!

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