HONY Raises Nearly $2 Million
Brandon started Humans of New York in 2010 as a way to catalog the city through photos. What started as a cool hobby quickly had a cult like following on social media, and put out a New York Times Best Seller.
Because every once in a while quick fame goes to someone who doesn’t suck, the world was lucky enough to have Brandon as the author of this series. Instead of using his recently found mini-fame and money for d-bag things, he decided to make the world a better place.
Brandon has chronicled the lives of real New Yorkers, and gone where the movie cameras don’t. He’s also used his photos to do awesome things like raise over $1 million for an elementary school in Brooklyn.
Humans of Pakistan
But because being a good human being on one continent isn’t enough, Brandon decided to spend all of August traveling around Pakistan and photo documenting his trip for the rest of the world.
He shared some amazing stories, and seemed to meet some equally amazing people. One of those is Fatima, a Pakistani woman who helps fight for bonded laborers. If you’re unfamiliar with the term bonded labor, it’s essentially when someone who is down on their luck accepts a small loan from a shady bastard in exchange for work. Said shady bastard proceeds to inflate the interest and make the loan impossible to pay back. This leaves the borrower essentially enslaved to the lender for the remainder of their lives.
This is slavery.
They work for no money, and are working under awful conditions.
Brandon documented a seven part series with Fatima, where she told horrific yet brave stories. For years Fatima has been putting her own life at risk to help save these enslaved workers.
At the end of the series Brandon launched a campaign to help Fatima and her efforts. Within 72 hours nearly $2 million was raised.
Faith in Humanity Restored
With the constant shit we see in the news on a daily basis it’s good to see a group of strangers coming together to help a group of strangers.
Nice work Brandon, you’ve successfully proved one good person can make a world of difference.