At the Mae Tao Clinic this 5-month old child receives free medical care for her burns. The child pulled a pot of hot water on herself as she was being watched by her 11-year old sister while her parents farmed. Here, her father, Zaw Win, and another child anxiously hope for her recovery.  Mae Sot, Thailand.

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At the Mae Tao Clinic this 5-month old child receives free medical care for her burns. The child pulled a pot of hot water on herself as she was being watched by her 11-year old sister while her parents farmed. Here, her father, Zaw Win, and another child anxiously hope for her recovery.  Mae Sot, Thailand.

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Portraits of people living on a dollar a day More than a billion people around the world subsist on a dollar a day, or less. The reasons differ but the day-to-day hardship of their lives are very similar. A book by Thomas A Nazario, founder of the International Organisation documents the circumstances of those living in extreme poverty across the globe, accompanied by photographs from Pulitzer prizewinner Renee C Byer.

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Jestina Koko, 25, with her daughter Satta Quaye, 5. Crippled since the age of three, she depends on her arms to lift and drag herself. She survives by doing laundry for others, selling cookies on the street, and begging in Monrovia, Liberia. Both of them suffer from malaria. She wishes for a wheel chair, a private room to live in and for her daughter to go to school. They sleep in the hallway of a home that has no electric, toilet or running water and own nothing. August 29, 2010. (Photograph ©Renee C. Byer)

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JESSORE, BANGLADESH. Labone, 27, takes a moment to hold her young daughter Nupur, 1, who was fathered by a client, before she has to return to her evening’s work in a brothel in Jessore, Bangladesh. © Rene?e C. Byer

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Fati, eight, works with other children searching through hazardous waste on an waste dump for electronic devices in Accra, Ghana. Balancing a bucket on her head containing the metal she has found, tears stream down her face as the result of the pain from malaria.

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Subadra Devi, 40, works on a construction site in Dharamsala, India.

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In the Charan slum settlement of northern India, Kalpana, 20, starves one of her children Sangeeta, 2, while her sister Sarita, 5-months-old, right, sleeps in comfort, above right, in her mother's arms. Sangeeta only weighs 9 pounds. Children are more likely to appeal to the sympathy of those inclined to give to beggars, so those who beg use children for this purpose. Worse, sometimes as in this case a child is staved and carried about by the childas parent while she begs on the streets or rented out to another beggar to be used as an object of sympathy in the hope of generating more income over the course of a given day. Sometimes these aextra fundsa are used to feed other children, thus, in practice, one child is sacrificed for he sake of others. Sangeeta has since been helped by the Tong-Len Charitable Trustas mobile medical clinic at the Charan slum settlement, Dharamsala, India. But according to the World Bank 19,000 children die a day from preventable causes. (Photograph ©Renee C. Byer)

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Vishal Singh, six, cares for a baby girl while her mother is away, in the Kusum Pahari slum in south Delhi, India. Vishal is lucky in one sense: when he is not working he is able to attend a school for slum children.

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Hunupa Begum, 13, who has been blind for the past 10 years, lives in New Delhi, India. Begging is her family's only income – her mother and brother are too ill to work and her father is dead.

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The hard-worked hands of Jacaba Coaquira, 80, holding the green beans she grew on her land. This year the production of her land was affected by lack of rain and early cold weather that froze the crops before they finished growing.  Santiago de Okola, Bolivia.

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Alvaro Kalancha Quispe, nine, releases alpacas and llamas to graze before school, and rounds them up in the evening. He lives in the Akamani mountain range of Bolivia, 13,000ft above sea level, where the homes have no insulation, no electricity, and no beds.

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Lidia Potcovirova can’t afford to send her daughter, Anastasia, 4, to school so she often accompanies her mother to work in the fields.  Fintinita, Moldova.

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BUCHAREST, ROMANIA. Four-year-old Ana-Maria Tudor, above, stands in the light of her doorway in Bucharest, Romania, hoping for a miracle as her family faces eviction from the only home they have ever had. Her father recently had a gall bladder surgery that resulted in an infection and left him unable to work. The one room they live in has no bathroom or running water. © Rene?e C. Byer

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Five brothers, ranging in age from 5 to 12, sleep together on the floor at At the Krousa Thmey Center, a temporary orphanage. The shelter serves as a safe house for children who have been abandoned and found wandering the streets. Space is limited, so the children cannot stay for long, but they are offered temporary refuge from the influences of the city streets. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

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Hora Florin, 28, grew up in a Romanian orphanage, and now lives underground in a sewer in Bucharest where the heating vents keep him warm at night.

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The Kayayo are girls in Ghana who travel to cities to work as market porters. They live communally, often near or on top of the city dump. Sharifa Monaro, (centre), 23, works long hours for as little as 50 cents a day.

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Three boys play on the bed their entire family shares. From the left are Ajit Kumar, 5, Dilip Kumar, 9, and Kuldeep Kumar, 10. The bed occupies their entire living space. Their home is located on a garbage dump. Kusum Pahari slum, South Delhi, India.

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Ninankor Gmafu, six, is typical of children all over the world who work to support their families. Here he herds cattle in the rain in the Volta region of Ghana. He dreams of going to school, but that is very unlikely.

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Two small boys are dwarfed in the African bush as they try to herd cattle. They herd the cows from sunrise to sunset with no hope of ever attending school.  The village of Dawa in the Volta Region of northern Ghana.

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. Phay Phanna, 60, lost his leg when he stepped on a land mine in 1988 near the Cambodian-Thai border. He is a widower and is the sole head of his family, caring for 11 children in a home he does not own. It has been scheduled for demolition since being purchased by a private developer in 2008 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © Rene?e C. Byer

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'Living On A Dollar A Day' wins IPA's best documentary book for 2014 One in six people in the world live at or below the poverty threshold of one dollar a day. At a time of great social and economic disruption in the world, people on the brink of survival can be easily pushed over the edge, or just as easily pulled back to safety. The people who generously shared their stories in Living On A Dollar A Day inspire us to change lives for the better. Living On A Dollar A Day, (Text by Thomas A. Nazario, Photographs by Renee C. Byer and Foreword by the 14th Dalai Lama), is a passionate call to action, presenting 348 pages filled with over 200 color photographs, profiles, explanatory charts and graphics that deliver an unprecedented and thought-provoking examination of global poverty, and how it impacts the poor and the rest of the world community. Most striking, the book offers innovative ways to transform lives through individual action large or small. Grassroots organizations are profiled as potential models and at the end of each chapter A Way To Helplists nonprofit organizations that focus on problems such as child labor and lack of access to healthcare, among other issues. We are shown how change is possible.

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