Day 18: A child worker becomes an artist

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“When I see a child crying, that affects me.” Joel, 22, is pursuing his big dream of being a painter in Peru.

Having been a child worker, Joel understands that life better than most. That’s why his college thesis is a series of paintings depicting child workers.

See how his life transformed from a laborer to an artist!

The first of Joel’s drawings I saw was a tree. He’d sketched it in pencil on the back of his notebook, the roots almost as big as the trunk and branches. Even under the harsh glare of fluorescent light, I knew it was special. Over the next few days as I spent more time with him, I realized Joel was a lot like that tree—flourishing vibrantly thanks to deep roots.

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