Written and photographed by World Vision photographer Laura Reinhardt
Nikon D750 camera
24-70mm lens, shot at 29mm
1/60th, f/4.5, ISO 400
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To show the need to protect vulnerable children, I started by photographing a girl who was in tears as she shared her sorrows. Then, I photographed a few boys working in welding shops with no protective eye gear and only sandals on their feet as sparks flew. These definitely demonstrated heartbreaking need.
I wondered what these kids would be doing if they weren’t working. They could be in school or possibly playing, so I tried those pictures, too. One girl told me of her hope of becoming a nurse, and I took a shot of her bandaging the finger of a child in her slum community. I felt like I was moving in the right direction.
Then I asked Purnima, 11 (above), to show me what she thought a strong girl looked like. I wanted to show an empowered child, because that’s the ultimate goal of World Vision’s child protection programs — to create confidence and move them toward a more hope-filled future. This was her response, and I loved it!