The Picture Poverty project gave 15 children in one to the poorest areas of Latin America disposable cameras and told them to document their world. Each child is a student at Esperanza Plus Nicaragua, a nonprofit in Pantanal, Nicaragua that provides education and food to children in the community.
The typical Pantanal resident lives in a one or two room shack with dirt floors, no running water and no electricity. About 70 percent of the adults are under or unemployed and many do not have enough money for the basics such as food and medicine.
Poverty is a daily reality for children in this community. Malnutrition is rampant resulting in lack of energy and stunting mental and physical growth. Some children begin sniffing glue to ward off hunger pains, while other beg on the streets of nearby tourist towns or turn to illegal activities such as robbery or prostitution.
Despite these harsh realities, when given cameras to document their world they turn the lens on what is most important to them, family, friends and community.
Thanks to the generosity of The Darkroom, who developed the film for free for our project.
To see Part One of Picturing Poverty in Nicaragua Click Here.