When it comes to what we are to be concerned about and spend our time on, the children of this world come to the forefront. Homelessness and childhood are a major concern in this age. You will find an article from the New York Times which highlights the lives of two children indicative of this massive problem in the United States and around the world. These are children who struggle to lead normal lives, go to school and feel a sense of love and belonging.
The long days of homeless students are eye-opening. There are 2.5 million homeless children in the US; that’s 1 in 30 across the country. Darnell, 8, lives in a shelter and commutes 15 miles a day to school. He loves football practice but struggles to read. Sandy, 10, has moved seven times in five years. She loves school, but her teachers worry about her.
They are just two of the 114,000 homeless students in New York City. Our reporter and photographer followed them for one day, from sunrise to sunset, to capture how much effort, help and luck it takes for a chance at a decent education. Click here to read a short account of a problem that touches all our lives whether we know it or not.