These 20 Kids’ Rooms Across the World Will Teach You Humility

A picture is worth a thousand words

James Mollison

When English photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea to promote children’s rights, he thought of his own childhood bedroom: how important it was to him, and how it reflected who he was. In 2011, after spending over three years traveling the world, he published a stunning photo book titled Where Children Sleep, in which he captured the differences between kids’ lifestyles around the world.

While the book offers us a remarkable view on diversity of cultures, it was actually written and designed for 9 to 13 year olds to better understand the diversity and disparity among children in the world, and to help them appreciate the lifestyle that they have. "I hope the book gives a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world; a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are," Mollison says.

1. Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Dong shares a room with his parents, sister and grandfather in the province of Yunnan in southwest China. (James Mollison)

Dong shares a room with his parents, sister and grandfather in the province of Yunnan in southwest China. (James Mollison)

2. Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, USA

Alyssa lives in a small house in Kentucky, heated only by a wooden stove. (James Mollison)

Alyssa lives in a small house in Kentucky, heated only by a wooden stove. (James Mollison)

3. Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alex sleeps on whatever he can find at night: an empty bench, an old sofa, or the pavement. (James Mollison)

Alex sleeps on whatever he can find at night: an empty bench, an old sofa, or the pavement. (James Mollison)

4. Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Kaya's bedroom looks like every little girl’s dream. All of her 30 dresses were made by her mom. (James Mollison)

Kaya's bedroom looks like every little girl’s dream. All of her 30 dresses were made by her mom. (James Mollison)

5. Prena, 14, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prena works 13-hour days as a domestic worker and sleeps in a small room at the top of her employer's house. She dreams of becoming a doctor one day. (James Mollison)

Prena works 13-hour days as a domestic worker and sleeps in a small room at the top of her employer's house. She dreams of becoming a doctor one day. (James Mollison)

6. Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan

Risa is an apprentice geisha and sleeps with five other women in a room that also serves as their dining room and tea room. (James Mollison)

Risa is an apprentice geisha and sleeps with five other women in a room that also serves as their dining room and tea room. (James Mollison)

7. Jaime, 9, New York, USA

Jaime lives in a penthouse apartment likes to play the cello, kickball, and study finances on the Citibank website. (James Mollison)

Jaime lives in a penthouse apartment likes to play the cello, kickball, and study finances on the Citibank website. (James Mollison)

8. Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

This 9-year-old boy goes to a school for ex-child soldiers and lives in a concrete shack with his classmates. (James Mollison)

This 9-year-old boy goes to a school for ex-child soldiers and lives in a concrete shack with his classmates. (James Mollison)

9. Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Joey lives with his parents and older sister in Kentucky and likes to hunt. (James Mollison)

Joey lives with his parents and older sister in Kentucky and likes to hunt. (James Mollison)

10. Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Indira works at a local granite quarry and also goes to school. She shares a mattress with her siblings and parents. (James Mollison)

Indira works at a local granite quarry and also goes to school. She shares a mattress with her siblings and parents. (James Mollison)

11. Jasmine, 4, Kentucky, USA

Jasmine lives in a big house in with her parents and three brothers, and wants be a rock star when she grows up. (James Mollison)

Jasmine lives in a big house in with her parents and three brothers, and wants be a rock star when she grows up. (James Mollison)

12. Ryuta, 10, Tokyo, Japan

Ryuta is a champion sumo wrestler and member of the boy scouts. He lives in Tokyo with his parents and younger sister. (James Mollison)

Ryuta is a champion sumo wrestler and member of the boy scouts. He lives in Tokyo with his parents and younger sister. (James Mollison)

13. Anonymous, 4, Rome, Italy

This 4-year-old Romanian boy sleeps with his family on a mattress on the outskirts of Rome. His family is in Italy illegally and none of them have ever been to school. (James Mollison)

This 4-year-old Romanian boy sleeps with his family on a mattress on the outskirts of Rome. His family is in Italy illegally and none of them have ever been to school. (James Mollison)

14. Li, 10, Beijing, China

Li lives with her parents in an apartment block in Beijing and loves to dance. (James Mollison)

Li lives with her parents in an apartment block in Beijing and loves to dance. (James Mollison)

15. Maria, 12, Mexico City, Mexico

Maria lives in a three-storied house set around a courtyard behind security gates. (James Mollison)

Maria lives in a three-storied house set around a courtyard behind security gates. (James Mollison)

16. Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

Bilal's family are Bedouin Arabs and live in a one-room shack they built themselves. (James Mollison)

Bilal's family are Bedouin Arabs and live in a one-room shack they built themselves. (James Mollison)

17. Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Kenya

Nantio is a member of the Rendille tribe and lives in a yurt-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic with her two brothers and two sisters. (James Mollison)

Nantio is a member of the Rendille tribe and lives in a yurt-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic with her two brothers and two sisters. (James Mollison)

18. Roathy, 8, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Roathy sleeps on a mattress made from old tires in his home on a garbage dump on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. (James Mollison)

Roathy sleeps on a mattress made from old tires in his home on a garbage dump on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. (James Mollison)

19. Delanie, 9, New Jersey, USA

Delanie lives in a large house with her parents and younger siblings. Each child has his/her own bedroom. (James Mollison)

Delanie lives in a large house with her parents and younger siblings. Each child has his/her own bedroom. (James Mollison)

20. Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland

Rhiannon lives with her parents and brother in a terraced house. Her family and friends are part of the punk subculture and have formed a tight-knit community. (James Mollison)