When Muhammad Yunus won the Noble Peace Prize in 2006 he said, “Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. For building stable peace we must find ways to provide opportunities for people to live decent lives.”
Similar to Yunus’ strategy of countering the cycle of poverty with microloans for the poor, I believe that empowering our children has the power to fight poverty and provide opportunities for success.
For the same reasons why children are recruited to become child soldiers in armed conflicts, they are able to be positively influenced by an early-childhood education, or basic health and hygiene teachings.
As I travel around Southeast Asia for the next few weeks, I will be photographing the sites and projects of various organizations and nonprofits that are looking to bolster their missions. I am simply delivering their message to promote the opportunities for those most in need.