Photos: The joy of learning

Photos: The joy of learning

Joe is a videographer and ONE Regional Faith Leader. He recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

I become a ONE Campaign volunteer after having seen countless men, women and children benefit from smart development programs overseas. As a journalist, I often document the work of both governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian relief and development, who receive funding from a variety of sources. I love to capture the excitement in the eyes of children who can’t help but dream of what they’re going to be when they grow up.

I recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where I had the chance to document the work of a faith-based relief and development organization that provides food, clothing and education to children living in extreme poverty. In both schools I visited, I couldn’t help but notice a joy in their faces and an eagerness to learn. They even stopped class to perform a song for me. It’s a memory forever etched in my mind, and one I will treasure forever.

These are some of the photos from the schools:

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After a long morning of studies, students take a few moments to stretch before gym class.

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Excited students at a primary school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all want to answer the teacher’s question.

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First graders at a primary school in Ethiopia ask their teacher a question during class. Students learn English as well as Amharic in order to prepare themselves for the future.

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Girls at the primary school line up for one of their favorite times of the day – lunch! Faith groups in the poorest parts of Ethiopia provide education, clothing and food for children who would otherwise go without.

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In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, this class of students can’t wait to answer a question posed by their teacher.

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A young boy listens to his instructor at a primary school in Kinshasa that is partially funded by faith-based aid and development groups.

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Schoolboys laugh at an inside joke before digging into Ethiopian Injera, a student favorite.

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A young girl perks up and takes notes during class.

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Students put their heads together to complete an assignment.

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As another school day ends, a group of girls start their journey home.

 Check out more of Joe’s adventures around the world here!

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