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4 Nonprofit Photos Guaranteed To Give You Hope

Find the good today with these heartwarming images from GlobalGiving’s 2021 Photo Contest champions.


The past year and a half has surrounded us with heartbreaking images.

In just minutes of scrolling through social media, you might see peaceful protests met with violence, refugees fleeing the worsening impacts of the climate crisis, or crowded hospitals full of COVID-19 patients. Yet in the face of these challenges, there are glimmers of hope.

Virtual events have transformed the way we communicate and learn. Small acts of kindness have helped individuals, families, and communities face even the most daunting challenges.

It’s these images of hope that make even the most difficult moments bearable. Thankfully GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners are capturing—and creating—the hopeful moments. Find your inspiration today with these four heartwarming images from the winners of our 2021 Photo Contest!

Grand prize winner:

Fighting trafficking through education.

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Drumroll, please: GlobalGiving’s 2021 Photo Contest grand champion is iPartner India! This organization works in rural communities in Rajasthan, India, where girls as young as 10 years old are still frequently forced into sex work in the name of tradition. By helping these girls access education and leadership opportunities, iPartner India is not only improving the lives of those who participate but also helping shift cultural norms to eliminate future trafficking. Learn more.

Picture Perfect category runner-up:

Creating a brighter future for children.

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The children of today will be the educators, doctors, researchers, and decision-makers of the future—and runner-up Ensena por Mexico is helping more than 100,000 underserved kids in Mexico unleash their full potential. Operating in more than 200 daycares and education centers across the country, Ensena por Mexico offers support for teachers, families, and students, focusing on those in rural and marginalized communities to end education inequality from the ground up. Learn more.

Memorable Moments category runner-up:

Building safe spaces for marginalized communities.

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In Mexico City, more than 8,000 people are experiencing homelessness. Photo Contest runner-up Centro Creativo y de Reinsercion Mi Valedor provides skills training and one-on-one psychological support for these individuals as well as people who are at risk of becoming homeless. In the past five years, they’ve helped more than 3,000 people build new lives for themselves through education, employment, and housing. Learn more.

New to GlobalGiving category runner-up:

Spreading the joy of music, one virtual lesson at a time.

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Our final Photo Contest feature is also our newest partner: Musicians for the World, Inc. A member of the GlobalGiving family since December 2020, this team provides free virtual music education to students across the globe. Their programs support thousands of musicians from Suriname to Kenya (and beyond!), helping people in marginalized groups experience the joy and safety of a musical community. Learn more.

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