I just wanted to thank MotherJones.com for pubishing this interview and photo series with Renee C. Byer's incredible images from "Living on a Dollar a Day." If you have not seen it, here's the link:
I am presently in India visiting the people and the programs The Forgotten International tries to help. As I travel through this country and see the vast disparities of wealth, I am reminded of a radio story out of Mumbai I heard on National Public Radio some time ago:
“Adjacent to a huge home that was being built for one of India's new rich, in the city of Mumbai lived a cobbler on the street. On both sides of his “shop” he stacked a wall of bricks and it was between these bricks where he sat all day hoping someone would want his shoes shined or fixed. He has been there for years and on a good day he might make a dollar. The reporter asked him what he does on a bad day, he said he just turns over, sleeps on the street and prays for a better day the next day. When the reporter asked what if there is no better day the next day, what do you eat? He said, that when he earns no money, he eats the leaves off the tree across the street. Finally, the reporter asked had he ever dreamt about living in a real home, maybe even like the huge home that was being built right next to his make-shift shoe repair shop. The old man simply said, not in this lifetime, but maybe the next.”
So goes the life of all those around the world who have so little yet seldom ask for help and just do the best they can living on about a dollar a day.