Disadvantaged Children – Photography by Thomas Tham

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Name : Thomas Tham Joo Kit (Nick: Mio Cade)
Citizenship : Malaysian (Singapore PR)

A volunteer consultant to 5 NGOs located in Asia, Thomas steps forward to help in building better life for the disadvantaged people. He involved in infrastructure, social and life skill programmes and connecting NGOs to galvanize and share resources from each other.

His interest in Photography developed from just a hobby to a medium with a sole purpose to help, to tell the stories of disadvantaged people, especially the children who have been forsaken, through his pictures. As a humanitarian, photographer and a teacher in photography, Thomas aims to bring about awareness of suffering children to the world and in turn better their lives, for he believes that children today are our future.

Please support Thomas’s causes at Empowering Lives Asia. The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/ELA.CIP

You can find more work from Thomas in Flickr

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Cebu, Barangay Larego - What is going on out there ?

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Ulingan, Tondo - Multitude of Problems

Ulingan, Tondo - Playing in the maze

Typhoon Esther in Ulingan (charcoal) , Tondo, Manila - Abandoned chair and forgotten childhood

Ulingan (Charcoal factory), Tondo - Running into the wall of smoke

Smoky Mountain - Together Scavenging for Ink Cartridges

Typhoon Esther in Ulingan (charcoal) , Tondo, Manila - Working in the storm

Ulingan, Tondo - There is nothing left!

Children of Ulingan (Charcoal Factory), Manila - Fun can be at the most hazardous environment and condition

Street children of the Philippines

Ulingan, Tondo - The CROSS that I carried is a heavy one!

Welcome to Baseco, Manila

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Ulingan, Tondo - My Home and Playground

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Ulingan, Tondo - The life of Rickson, a Charcoal boy

Ulingan, Tondo - Danger

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Ulingan, Tondo - What Child Is This?

Smoky Mountain, Tondo - Catwalk

Ulingan, Tondo - Thank you Mr. David for realising the dream of JR

Ulingan, Tondo - Charcoal babies

Ulingan, Tondo - The Charcoal Kids

Smokey Mountain, Tondo - Girl behind that little window

Smokey Mountain, Manila - He ain't heavy, we can do the difference.

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Ulingan, Tondo, Manila - My sweet princess

Ulingan, Tondo - Face Of Resilience

Smoky Mountain, Tondo - Anyone want to play with me ?

Cebu, Carbon Market - Son of a Street Vendor

Aroma, Housing Estate, Tondo - Where the garbage worth a fortune

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Bincent, the boy who inspired us to engage in the Mini-Hospital project

Street Children Photography by Thomas Tham

Sibuan, Semporna - Young Bajau Laut Boy

Ulingan, Tondo - Ray of Hope

Ulingan, Tondo - Portraits of the Charcoal children

Ulingan, Tondo - I do have aspiration

Smokey Mountain, Tondo - Dark Water

Ulingan. Tondo - Ouch! My foot!

You can find Thomas on the Web :

All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Thomas Tham. Their reproduction, even in part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

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  1. Sidharcher says:

    Touching shots!

  2. Pallavi says:

    Amazing work Thomas. really touching.

  3. Jurek says:

    So many emotions.. Great job Thomas. Hats Off to you.
    121 Clicks doing great job. Kudos.

  4. svelan says:

    Great Shots!! But very SAD :(

  5. ayashok says:

    fantastic works Mio,
    many times I saw the role of a photographer to the society through his humanitarian work.

  6. Thomas Tham says:

    Thank you friends and 121clicks.com
    Please support my causes at Empowering Lives Asia.
    The FACEBOOK page is http://www.facebook.com/ELA.CIP

  7. Mahesh says:

    Amazing and touching shots.

  8. Nicole says:

    My heart is breaking as I look through these shots and yet I am completely fascinated by their unique beauty. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  9. Amlan Sanyal says:

    Outstanding photography.

  10. wstreet says:

    very powerfull collection
    people should know the story and consider donating via the facebook page of ELA, every penny matters!

  11. Ardaan says:

    Wonderful Wonderful works!!! Best I have seen.
    So full of soul, sadness yet hopeful.

  12. Lolikia says:

    Beautiful touching photo! Thanks for creating awareness of these children. With help from ELA, hopefully they can break out of the poverty cycle.. You are doing a great job!

  13. Premkumar says:

    Fantastic Work.

  14. Victor says:

    My god… no words. AWESOME IMAGES!

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