I am a photographer by trade, but I came to Arequipa Peru because I feel God wanted me to come and to do whatever I could to help, whether it be photography or filling in occasionally for the older boys’ house parent when he has off. One way I’ve been put work is on a project which I will be finishing by February’s end. The project involves photographing children in the street, and Orphanages and putin to a slideshow to send out to everyone. The project has grown me in ways I never thought possible, and I’m excited to see the final piece when it’s finished. The above photo is one perspective of the project, children who are abandoned or neglected in their earthly life by their parents while the other perspective shows that there are no Orphans of God, that everyone has a place in God’s Kingdom regardless of what their life may look like. God offers everyone the opportunity to succeed and find everlasting love. And anyone can find that opportunity in Jesus Christ.
To be honest, I know little about the boy in this photograph. I regret not finding out more information about him: where he lives, how old he is, what his name is, why he sells things on the street, if he has a home, and so much more. In the future, we are taking more time to collect the child’s information. I wish I could do more than just photograph these kids and then only offer them a few soles. I know this boy was selling something on the street, and we asked him if we could photograph him in exchange for money. We paid him for the photograph, but after I took this photo there was something that stayed with me, something that changed me. It made me realize I want to use my photography to help more people in difficult situations. In addition to that, I hope my photography shows you the great need here in Peru.
I would like to offer an opportunity to you. If you believe you want to be more involved beyond viewing a daily photo, If you have a skill, ability, or a career where you able to be involved with the kids, or New Hope Children’s Home, I would encourage you to consider it. I’d like extend an offer to anyone who wants to pair up and beginning brain storming about more ideas how we can help New Hope expand their love and support to the children here in Peru. I’d like to help get more kids off the street and into the loving home which is New Hope Children’s Home.
If you have any ideas or believe you want to get involved, don’t wait; send me an email, leave a comment, tell a friend. This is not a guilt trip, it is an invitation to work together on something really amazing which you will never forget. I’m only one photographer, and I believe we can do so much more as a team.