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25 Powerful Children Portraits

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 Fund and donating to Kiva.

Poverty: Let’s Make A Difference! Link

I’ll be there to protect you…3
Street children from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil31282574.

Children in Poverty5

There are many who seek the stars6
A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil31282574.

Children in Poverty8

Being There9
Child in poverty, san francisco, 6/26/07.

Children in Poverty10

Blonde Poverty11
“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 Poverty12

Children
“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 Poverty

Jessica13

Children in Poverty14

Children15
Photos are shot by Jake LeBoeuf.

Children in Poverty16

I have dreams…17
“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 Gupta18.

Children in Poverty19

A boy20

Children in Poverty21

…and they call us the future?22
“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 Poverty23

Yes, that’s me!24. A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil31282574.

Children in Poverty26

Bianca27. A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil31282574.

Children in Poverty29

Elias30
A street child from Brazil, the photo is taken by the Children At Risk Foundation CARF Brazil31282574.

Children in Poverty32

Children in Poverty33

Through the eyes of terror…34
“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 Poverty35

Port area36
“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 Alcantara37.

Children in Poverty38

For the sake of love?39
“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 Poverty40

Kigali41
“Student returning home from school. Kigali, Rwanda. Afrika. June, 2005.”

Children in Poverty42

Smile sis!43

Children in Poverty44

Sichuan, Khampa nomads45
This girl was found between Litang and Xiangcheng in China.

Children in Poverty46

Reach for a star47

Children in Poverty48

Patientko49

Children in Poverty50

Kolkata51
“This is a child from New Light, an NGO located in Kolkata, India. The mission of New Light52 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 Poverty53

The Unbearable Burden of Poverty54
“In the land of infinite need, it’s the children who suffer the most… Always the children… ” The photo is taken by Cameron MacMaster55.

Children in Poverty56

Last Click Link

An eye on the community…57

Children in Poverty58

Brazilians!!! Think about us…59

Children in Poverty60

How can you help? Link

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

Make the difference!

Footnotes Link

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

    Very interesting article. Thanks smashing magazine for keep our eyes wild open

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    Easton Ellsworth

    October 15, 2008 6:29 am

    Wow! Gorgeous images! Those faces are the world. Thank you.

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    Wow… Very nice post!

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    Hopefully, this day will inspire people to seek out ways they can help – in their own neighborhoods, food shelters, food banks, churches, and community centers – because fighting the war against poverty is not in Iraq or Africa or Afghanistan but everywhere.

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    Karen Kitchel

    October 15, 2008 6:43 am

    Powerful photos! Inspiring to see the tremendous support from across the world to address poverty.

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    It is far away and at home. Thank you for this post and reminding us once again to open our eyes.

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  7. 7

    Now poverty is exhibited! What a shame!
    For decades the charity business has proven it is unable to attack poverty. It is just used to tame the guilt of rich people.

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    Well what is really shame is bad guys who really use those poor kids in big cities and make them ask people for money and food all the day long in traffic lights and on the doors of shopping malls then collect this money from them this really break my heart.

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    this blog is becoming more and more like “The BIG Picture”…

    any “web” article in the future?

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    aurel kurtula

    October 15, 2008 7:03 am

    very powerful movement

    thank you

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    If we take a look around, open our eyes and simply do an effort…
    We should be different .. we should make the difference! It’s up to us all people!
    Beautiful article! Another great published item this site shares with the world!

    Jochen.

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    Blenderslender

    October 15, 2008 8:02 am

    very very touching ..

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    Christianity = the answer to world poverty. Hard work, caring for the needy–Christians are the most industrious group in America, and also the most generous.

    Atheism = suppression of Christianity, and thus causing world poverty.

    The answer is simple.

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  14. 14

    Beautiful photos! Even as web developers, it is good to remember that there are so many in this world who need help. Good design takes heart and emotion as well as good design sense and technical knowledge.

    And to JD – Your statements are ridiculously flawed and I find it deplorable that you would use a forum such as this for religious proselytism.

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    Great post as usual — thanks for sharing such excellent portraits.

    I thought I would note that SOS Children’s Villages, a non-profit that works with orphans worldwide, is holding a video contest to choose a video that best represent their work. I entered the contest with my roommate — if you go to http://www.sos-usa.org/vote you can view all of the videos and vote on your favorite. Ours is called “Help Support SOS Children’s Villages” and is by GoodHella Productions.

    Have a good day —

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  16. 16

    JD, that doesn’t even begin to make sense.

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  17. 17

    Very nice photos !
    Sebastião Salgado is very strong in this discipline.
    It is one of the best photographers to my taste.

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  18. 18

    While worldwide governments spend trillions of dollars to save greedy bankers, children are starving and dying. This is the world we live.

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    I think the most powerful (and sad) children portrait was taken in the 1985’s armero tragedy. Omayra Sánchez finally died few days after the photo. :(

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    Wow! Beautiful and it breaks my heart to see these portraits at the same time.

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