Open Chapel International has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. We ask you to do the same for us.
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We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. And since we respect your privacy, we ask you to respect ours. Please do not use photos from this website for any other purpose than which they were intended for. We take the problem of pornography of the poor very seriously. Please help us maintain the dignity of those we photograph for our website. The purpose of posting these photos is to tell their stories, not to raise money from their misery.
Pornography of the Poor, as it’s known, uses images and stories that do not reflect the dignity of the individual but show instead a person’s unvarnished misery in an attempt to “move” people to give to a humanitarian cause. Think African children with distended stomachs and flies in their face or extremely gaunt Somalian babies with large eyes and spindly limbs. This tactic to mobilize people in Western cultures to alleviate the suffering of innocent victims of poverty, famine, war and other ills in developing nations has become the standard of humanitarian aid and awareness groups. The distributors of this content instinctively flinched at using it but felt it was the only way to shock people into action. We strongly disagree with their methods and refuse to operate in a way that is exploitative or demeaning of one’s dignity as a human being made in the image of God. Please stand with us and respect our privacy and the privacy of those we are advocating for.