In the year 2000,
189 Member States of the United Nations agreed to help the world’s poorest
nations to make significant and measurable progress towards a better life for their people
by the year 2015.
Profiling the lives of eight young people in eight places –
Brazil, Cambodia, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Uganda, the
the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Hoima, Uganada
, and the Ukraine – this website, Chasing
the Dream, explores their difficult living situations
and their intense desire, whatever the odds, to lead better lives.
Photographs by Diego Goldberg and articles by Roberto Guareschi on
the youth can be seen by clicking on Eight
the Dream workshops young people in each of the eight
places were invited to comment, in photography and writing, on their
own particular likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, and explore some
of the social issues that frame their lives. A selection of these
photos and texts are featured in Views from the Inside.
the Dream website also examines how each of the
eight Millennium Development Goals – including the elimination of
extreme poverty, improving maternal health, preventing and treating
HIV/AIDS, and ensuring universal education – can be accomplished
to allow these highly motivated young people not only to survive,
but eventually to flourish. These Goals can be read about by
clicking on What are the MDG’s?
There are also sections on the site, How
to Help, About Us and Contact, for
the interested reader. This website also accompanies an exhibition,
the Dream, on view at the United Nations headquarters,
from August 12 to October 30, 2005.
The point of Chasing
the Dream is to remind ourselves that there are millions
of young people who desperately need to be given a chance.
As for their dreams, they are quite capable of chasing them by themselves.