Today there are 2.2 billion children in the world. Nearly two billion of these live in developing countries. The vast majority are in desperate need of healthcare, water, food and education. Others need our protection from traffickers, drugs, violent neighborhoods, school shootings, abusive adults who betray a sacred trust, border patrols who rip them from their parents, corrupt autocrats who rip them from their villages, and abusive parents who breed desperation and hopelessness. But look at these faces, faces that I have seen with my camera's eye, faces that have lit my world over these past months - these are the trusting, happy, loving, vulnerable, welcoming faces of children.
As we move toward the High Holidays, my holiday gift for you this photo essay - "Children of the World." I pray that it can help ignite for each of us a renewed sense of purpose and hope. See the complete album here.