Throughout my travels, I’ve always marveled at the beauty, innocence and hopeful smiles of children. I believe strongly that children are our future. What has amazed me so much is how similar children are despite their unimaginable differences in culture, economic resources and lifestyles. At the end of the day, all children want is to be loved. All children want to have enough food on the table, a roof over their head and books to read. All children want to be respected, cared for and offered the same opportunities in life.

Here are some of the world’s children and their friends who have captured my heart and have filled me with hope.

The girls of Honduras.

Here are the smiling faces of some of the girls I volunteered with in La Ceiba, Honduras.

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. – Amelia Earhart 

Children at Pratham in Delhi, India

These boys are learning at one of Pratham’s schools in the Delhi slums.

Girls after school program in Xela, Guatemala

These girls are learning at an after school program for impoverished children in Xela, Guatemala.

“We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend”. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Beautiful children living in an unauthorized Delhi slum.

These children live in dire poverty in an unauthorized slum in Delhi. Yet they still had smiles full of hope and love for each other and the camera.

Honduran School Girls

Two lovely girls at the daycare center for impoverished children in La Ceiba, Honduras where I volunteered.

“A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself”.  – Jim Morrison

Boys learning in a Delhi school for the children living in the slums.

Boys learning in a Delhi school for the children living in the slums.

Children of Antigua, Guatemala

Children walking arm and arm in Antigua, Guatemala while their mothers did the wash.

Children of La Ceiba, Honduras

Children of La Ceiba, Honduras washing hands.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable. To see more entries click here


    1. Thanks JoAnna! Hope you are doing well! For now, I’m staying in this country with travels to northern Minnesota tomorrow, Virginia and Chicago.

  1. Absolutely beautiful! The best on this challenge yet. Thank you for highlighting these children. I’m going to Antigua in August to do mission work at an orphanage.

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 How wonderful about Antigua! I loved it there. I have written a lot of posts about it as I found it so incredibly beautiful. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Stunning shots, as always. I love the one of the children walking in Antigua. My images of children always turn out to be my favorites as well. There’s something so innocent and promising in all of there faces, no matter where in the world they live. Hope you made it back safely from India, and that you loved every minute of it! I’m going to get caught up now…

    1. Hi Jessica! Where are you these days? I can’t remember if you came back to the states to study (I think you did). Yes, as a mom I’m a sucker for the kids but they are so lovely and full of hope. They aren’t tarnished (yet) and full of innocence and love.

      1. I am back in The States (good memory ;-), and I’m just catching up with family and friends in Oregon until I move to Colorado for school in August. I’m excited for the change already! I’m loving all your India posts.

  3. The best teachers of optimism, kindness, frienship, love and equality are children. Everytime I see my son approach, play and bond with other kids, he and his friends reminds me that there is goodness in all no matter what the media says.

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