The message I want my photo essay to convey is happiness, specifically choosing to be happy no matter the situation or condition in which you live. All of these photos were taken in Arusha, Tanzania at L.O.A.M.O. primary school during a Children’s Global Alliance service trip. The school is located in an impoverished area of Arusha, and most of the children and their families live in poverty. Even though these children live in some of the hardest conditions in the world, they choose to be happy and continue to find the good in all bad situations. They opened up their homes and heart to our volunteer group and taught us that every single action we take, emotion we express, and word we say is our choice. I want this photo essay to show the hardships of these children’s lives yet the happiness they show every single day.