Here's 10 of our favourite photos from 2018

It's been hard to choose just 10 photos, but here's a quick snapshot of the year that was.


 

Rashum's powerful photo tells a thousand words and captured our hearts for the plight of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar. A recent widow, she escaped Myanmar with only her life.
Picture: Helen Manson, Bangladesh, April 2018


 

At least 6000 children are without their parents in the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. This moment stopped our media team in their tracks. Locals set up a DIY Ferris wheel for children to play on during the Eid Festival celebrations.
Picture: Helen Manson, Bangladesh, August 2018

 

Award-winning Australian poet, Joel McKerrow, painted a hope-filled picture of 'All Things Made New' at our second Justice Conference. His spoken word poetry encouraged over 600 conference attendees to look toward beauty, seek light and find delight in our broken world.
Picture: Phil Botha, Auckland, November 2018


 

The Mwangaza Children's Choir wowed audiences across New Zealand in May, boy did we have a blast with them! Sharing traditional African worship song and dance, these talented children aged 8-12 shone the light of Jesus, raising awareness and support for child sponsorship.
Picture: Helen Manson, Uganda, May 2018


 

This precious girl lives in one of the rural communities our local partner works in to see women, girls and children free from trafficking and exploitation. Their powerful prevention work has meant not even one person from the women's groups our partner facilitates, or their households, have been trafficked from the community!
Picture: Nikki Denholm, Nepal, August 2018


 

"The suffering is unimaginable, these people really have faced the worst of humanity. They've lost their freedom, lost their identity."  Newshub's Michael Morrah came with us to Cox's Bazar this year and reported five incredible stories to spread awareness and rally support for the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Picture: Helen Manson, Bangladesh, August 2018


 

A special moment as our ambassador, Petra Bagust, embraces a Syrian woman who has fled all she knows to find safety in Lebanon. Petra was so deeply moved by her story. This photo was taken outside the woman's sewing class, run by our local partner, just 20km from the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley.
Picture: Andy Robinson, Lebanon, November 2018


 

A photo from our blog, 'Child Slavery on Lake Volta', where hundreds of fishermen (or, more accurately, fisherboys) are trafficked into forced labour. Our child sponsorship partner educates parents and schools about the dangers of child labour and trafficking, "so that children will be free, and free forever."  
Picture: Helen Manson, Ghana, March 2018


 

One of our youth ambassadors hitches a ride during a visit to our local anti-trafficking and exploitation partner in Nepal. On their visit, they got a chance to be part of the community, hear local people's stories, and learn about our partner's inspirational community transformation work. It was a deeply impacting trip for these young Kiwis in their fight against modern slavery!
Picture: Nikki Denholm, Nepal, April 2018


 

Pusin from Vanuatu stands beside the coffee beans he has grown. This year he produced 600kgs of beans, which is his biggest harvest since Cyclone Pam nearly destroyed the entire coffee industry on his island three years ago. He sells the beans through our local partner's farming co-operative to support his family. Pusin laughs as he compares coffee to his kids. He says, "Coffee is like a child- when you look after it, it will grow up and look after you!"
Picture: Andrew Finlay, Vanuatu, August 2018