Year in Review
Looking for Some Joy? We Found Our Most Hopeful Stories from 2018
Police puppies, babies – even a princess. We have it all in our collection of joyful stories from 2018.View Team
Published December 24, 2018
Global Press Journal reporters covered a litany of tough issues in 2018 (indentured servitude, economic collapse and forced displacement, to name just a few), but they also found moments of joy. We’ve collected 10 of the year’s most hopeful, surprising and heartwarming stories from around the world. Enjoy!
Art therapy for refugee children? GPJ reporter Patricia Lindrio found proof that it helps the kids recover from their pasts.
An 18-year-old princess, selected for the role by her tribe, honors her people by wearing a feathered war bonnet in place of a tiara. GPJ reporter Amanda Hill followed her from home to school and traditional events.
GPJ reporter Shilu Manandhar learned the closely-guarded secrets of Nepal’s metalworkers and what they’re doing to preserve their craft.
For International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, GPJ reporters around the world took portraits of girls, who shared their thoughts on what it’s like to grow up where they live.
What do senior citizens do all day? In Mexico City, they fill museums and take dance classes. GPJ reporter Mar García took photos of what is perhaps her city’s most active group.
In the past, children – even babies – were often left in the care of other, older children at a border post in Gisenyi, Rwanda while their mothers walked into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to earn money for the day. In this tear-jerking story, GPJ reporter Janviere Uwimana discovered that a new day care center at that border post now offers a safe space for those children.
Who doesn’t love puppies? GPJ reporter Edna Namara found them at a police dog training center, where they learn to sniff out drugs.
Democratic Republic of Congo was once a coffee mecca. Violence interrupted that success, but coffee farmers are back at it, reports GPJ’s Merveille Kavira Luneghe.
Nearly nine years after a major earthquake destroyed huge portions of Haiti’s capital city, a once-active theater scene is just now getting back to business. GPJ reporter Anne Myriam Bolivar visited the restored National Theater.
There are solutions to even the toughest problems, as GPJ reporter Yam Kumari Kandel found when she asked about the fate of homeless children in Nepal. There, a new guardianship program is getting those children into school.