Coming Home…

George Rosenfeld and Renée ByerOur journey to create “Living on a Dollar a Day” came to a finish out in the field on May 30, 2011, as our journalists returned home from their final trip abroad.  As we move to the next phase of the project, the writing of the text and the selection and editing of all the photos and video, we want to look back on the purpose behind all the travels, photographs, and incredible stories. It has been a full year of extensive journeys around the world including 10 countries, 4 continents, and innumerable lives encountered. The people we met were living in different circumstances from orphanages and hospitals, to outlying communities and farming villages, to the streets of major metropolitan cities, but all had a commonality–they make up some of the billion people that are desperately trying to survive on not much more than a dollar a day. These families struggle every day just to stay alive, and they are willing to work in jobs that most Westerners wouldn’t dream of doing in order to provide for themselves and their families. This is the core of why this project was created–to share the stories of the world’s poorest so we are aware of the poverty that exists and desperately needs changing. Poverty that we may never see day to day as we move through our lives, but that is a daily reality for many families just like our own. Our hope at The Forgotten International is that we, as a global community, not ignore the poverty and suffering that exists, but take the time to be a part of its change. We are excited about seeing the book come together chapter by chapter and to have a finished product of lives and stories to share with the rest of the world. If you are able to contribute to the finishing of the project in anyway, please visit https://www.theforgottenintl.org/how-you-can-help/donate/ to donate to the cause. Thank you for being a part of this journey and we look forward to continuing to share the stories we are fortunate enough to tell.

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