Each culture defines childhood differently.
For us in the west, childhood doesn’t usually entail work – maybe a paper route or lemonade stand – and real employment doesn’t start until high school.
Yet for many countries in the developing world, children begin working – often a consequence of social and economic factors – very young.
Helping in the fields, around the house, or like the below photo taken in an affluent area of Bangladesh, wandering the city’s dusty streets selling penny newspapers all to raise money to support themselves and/or their families.
We might not call it the perfect childhood, but hopefully when these children grow up, they will be able to let their children experience the carefree childhood so many (fortunate among us) take for granted.