One Shot Project
A peaceful and positive initiative that relies on the transformational power of photography, One Shot Project addresses the needs of children coming of age in Iraq, a region that has seen conflict for a generation, through the art and craft of photography. The organizers of seek out children that living in particularly adverse conditions, proposing photo workshops that could then open up educational and vocational opportunities for those who wish to pursue them. The skills learned in One Shot can help kids process their wartime experiences while opening up future employment opportunities.
Over the course of its long history, PLAN has become a very well-established and respected NGO deals with the both the chronic and acute concerns of children, including bettering education, improving basic health care, insuring access to clean water and sanitation, promoting economic security, and encouraging children’s participation in debates that involve them, and crucially, ongoing relief campaigns for the many natural disasters that affect children around the world. The organization views aide to children as a way of defending their basic rights human beings, and the language of the site reinforces the idea that with help, children can empower themselves and change their lives. A PLAN for the long term.
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
A pediatric hospital that was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas—and is now actively promoted by his daughter, actress Marlo Thomas—St. Jude’s gives new hope to children who have the toughest cases of cancer and other serious illnesses. A top research institute that also claims to be the nation’s third largest healthcare charity, St. Jude’s uses the most advanced treatments and has a history of helping children who have been deemed incurable by other institutions. Patients are accepted regardless of ability to pay, and St. Jude is the only pediatric research center that fully pays for lodging, food, and travel for patients and their families. This dynamic site offers guidance for referring physicians, information for patients and parents—including impressive multimedia presentations on various medical topics—and a directory of volunteer events.
Unicef Photo Essays
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF, founded with the mission to secure the rights of every child, makes excellent use of the photo essay to illustrate the dynamics of several important children’s issues. UNICEF’s worldwide endeavors lead it to address both local concerns, such as helping children recover from a natural disaster, to broader campaignssuch as global immunization. This substantial collection of essays is divided into categories such as Child Protection, Early Child Survival, HIV/AIDS, Water, Environment and Sanitation, and from the way the images are captioned it is clear that essays can also serve as teaching tools. As useful as they are, the photo essays offer something more: a meaningful chronicle of evolving issues for children worldwide, and a precious window into the lives of individual children.
UNICEF - United States Fund
For over 50 years, American schoolchildren have been going door-to-door to raise money for UNICEF. The dimes and dollars they collect—as well as corporate and other donations—ultimately transform the lives of kids in more than 150 sites, from Afghanistan to Colombia to Swaziland. In times of war, conflict, and natural disaster, UNICEF reunites children with their parents, provides kids with nutrition and health care, keeps schools running, and helps ensure that children have safe places to play. At this information-rich, interactive site, visitors can view photo essays (with captions) or take “virtual field trips” with UNICEF celebrity ambassadors via slide shows. Kids will want to visit the Youth Action Center and link to Voices of Youth, where they can play educational games, discuss issues with other kids, enter contests, and find out about local events.