One day I hope that children won’t have to work so their families can survive,
That they won’t have to work in factories or scavenge plastic bottles or find crabs to sell.
One day I hope that everyone will have education opportunities,
That attending school will not be determined by gender, nationality, ethnicity, poverty or legal status.
One day I hope that parents won’t have to leave their children in search of work,
Or go hungry so that they can pay school fees.
One day I hope that people are not exploited as cheap labour,
That everyone will be seen as special, unique people, and treated as such.
One day I hope there will be no charcoal or fish factories,
That instead, people will have meaningful livelihoods that benefit others and the earth.
One day I hope that people will be able to seek treatment for HIV without fear of discrimination,
That through education and treatment, the spread and suffering of this disease can be halted.
One day I hope there will be no pollution,
That we won’t see chimneys painting the sky a noxious grey or debris littering rivers, seas and beaches.
One day I hope that people of different cultures, religions and languages will understand each other a little more,
That differences be respected and similarities acknowledged.
One day I hope that the world will be run by love rather than greed.
That love will guide people in everything they do.