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:
After a long morning of studies, students take a few moments to stretch before gym class.
Excited students at a primary school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all want to answer the teacher’s question.
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.
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.
In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, this class of students can’t wait to answer a question posed by their teacher.
A young boy listens to his instructor at a primary school in Kinshasa that is partially funded by faith-based aid and development groups.
Schoolboys laugh at an inside joke before digging into Ethiopian Injera, a student favorite.
A young girl perks up and takes notes during class.
Students put their heads together to complete an assignment.
As another school day ends, a group of girls start their journey home.