The Forgotten International - Living on a Dollar a Day
TFI is producing Living on a Dollar a Day, a book and documentary project about the world's poor. In words and images, it tells the stories of the women, children and families around the world who work long hours, sometimes under dangerous conditions, to earn not much more than a dollar each day. Our hope is to bring awareness of the struggles of the poor and of how more than one billion people at the bottom of the economic ladder work so hard just to stay alive.
We wish to discredit the myth that many around the world who are poor are simply lazy or worthless. Hopefully, this project will help many to realize that poverty is often a condition that is symptomatic of forces outside the control of the poor, and that the chasm that exists between the daily living conditions of the poor and those of the rich is simply unacceptable.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Renée Byer, from the Sacramento Bee, is the photographer on this project. Over the course of a year, she and videographer George Rosenfeld traveled to 10 countries on 4 continents starting in the summer of 2010 in India to South East Asia then to Africa and Eastern Europe and, finally, to South America. They documented the daily lives of factory workers, subsistence farmers, garbage recyclers, fishing families, beggars, and herders, among others.
Living on a Dollar a Day will be published by Norton Press and will be in stores inthe Spring of 2014. It will feature profiles of individuals we have met who shared their personal circumstances with us, as well as a sense of the “big picture” of the socio-economic situation that affects so many in our global community.
A unique feature of the book is the inclusion of contact information of clinics, grassroots community organizations, foundations and other aid organizations, both local and international, which serve these communities so that anyone who reads this book and wishes to get involved can do so.
Check our blog for some photos and stories from these travels:
View our videos from the project:
How You Can Help:
Living on a Dollar a Day: The Documentary. We are raising additional funds to edit and produce the documentary film portion of this project. It will serve as a complement to the book and help tell the stories of the many people in our global community who have simply been forgotten. Please help us spread the word about this project. Thank you!