While traveling with Compassion International, a collection of photographers were each given the opportunity to visit the homes of children living in extreme poverty. Each photographer was drawn to the doors of these homes—finding that these doors each have a way of foretelling a rather striking story.
Through their lenses, you will find yourself confronted with the same simple, disruptive thought that inspired each photographer to take these pictures:
The people behind these doors are simply extraordinary.
Sometimes a door shows resilience.
The people behind these doors face a daily struggle against preventable diseases—but they do not complain. Their doors do their best to protect against torrential rains, malaria-carrying mosquitos, and disease-filled rodents, while inside children laugh and play.
Behind these doors, you’ll find resourceful families facing difficult journeys.
For the children behind these doors, a world of chaos and violence awaits outside. Despite the constant threat of gangs, addicts, and traffickers who inhabit their world, these children dream of a future where they are one of the good guys.
Behind these doors, you’ll find children who courageously dream of better days.
Sometimes, a door can let hope in.
In these villages, you’ll find families with little resources. Their homes are humble and small, sometimes bound together with whatever materials they could find. But you’ll not find embarrassed or pitiful people here. Behind these doors, you’ll find families with brave spirits and thankful hearts.
Behind these doors, the children often become beacons of hope for entire families.
A door can stand for dignity.
Behind these doors you will find mothers that sacrifice much for their children, and resourceful children who work hard to provide in small ways for their families. The world of these children is filled with uncertainty, chaos, and struggles which we will never fully understand.
Behind these doors are children with breathtaking stories to tell.
Would you consider opening a door for a child living in poverty?