Today, I wept with the ugly underbelly and danced with hope. I saw a man, a father, stumbling in a drunken stupor strike his daughter in the wide open as our bus rumbled down the stone road.
Just moments later, I saw jumping, playing, smiling kids greet us at a World Vision empowerment program.
If I'm honest with myself, and you, I'm having a hard time figuring out the disparity between the two images.
The one thing I can tell you is this: The kids that I saw playing at the World Vision school live in the same community as the young girl that was struck by her dad. The problems are not solitary, they are rampant - they are lurking behind every dark corner and under every tin roof. Every kid is vulnerable in this place.
But, one child at a time, one family at a time, and one community at a time, World Vision is making massive strides to replace the dark with the light. To replace the ugly with the beautiful. To replace the dispair with hope.
Let's choose to be the light. Let's choose to be the beautiful.
Let's choose to always dance with hope.
All photos © Amy Conner for World Vision