Living in desperate poverty in the outskirts of the city, amongst the poorest of the poor, this little girl picks through dumped waste for her family’s living. With no toilets, clean water, electricity or medical care, she survives in a makeshift tent at the fringes of Indian society on wasteland and “untouchable” by birth.
According to my local friend, I am probably the only person from outside this small Dalit community who has ever held her hand. She and the other children there made my visit a very special one; I won’t forget them.
Living in the UK we often take for granted the tax payer funded state education system we have here. Its the norm for all children to go to school; in fact, if they don’t, parents can expect to be charged with a criminal offence and end up in court.
Of the tens of millions of children living in poverty in India, only some are lucky enough to benefit from an education at all and those who don’t, end up wandering the streets or working instead. Thankfully there are many NGO’s and charities that provide an education to children whose families can’t afford the usual fees.
Here is a final set of pictures from the MS Foundation School in Andhra Pradesh. Happy children grasping the opportunity to go to school and learn and wear their uniforms with pride!
For more information about the MS Foundation school please visit Hyderapals
A small Dalit “untouchable” girl from a river bank slum colony smiles beautifully for the camera, Hyderabad, 2013.
Thanks Priyanka, Zoe and Ramu.
Please click HERE to see my pictures from a local school helping very poor children.
Children playing on wasteland near the makeshift tents they call home, Hyderabad, 2013
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In a small unknown and forgotten corner of the developing world, surviving with some of the poorest people on earth, a young Dalit girl smiles. She wanted to smile and be in every photo I made there; her real feelings though, lie deep within her eyes.
The place she calls home would would horrify any parent in the western world.
Please click HERE to see more of my pictures from a local school helping children from very poor backgrounds.
A small girl sits with slate in hand waiting for class to begin, MSF School, Hyderabad, 2013
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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein
Five year old and Teddy read together on children’s tablet, January 2013. “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” ― P.G.Wodehouse