Nagapoojitha 3 years later

Nagapoojitha

I first met Nagapoojitha in February 2013. She had very bad hearing and was able only to sit at the front of class and just try her best. Her picture featured in my India’s Forgotten Children Exhibition in London the following year. Last week I met her again and she is doing very well at the Patashala School. Seen here, she proudly holds a school book that three years ago, she could never have written in or read. 

A small girl with hearing difficulties sits on the floor in class, Hyderabad, 2013

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Patashala; Catching Up

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A very small child looks up at the camera, Patashala School. India. The school supports children from very poor migrant worker families, new to the city. There aren’t many options for them, so being able to come to a school each day really adds to life chances. New and qualified staff are making things better and happily the future is looking brighter.

Almost Nothing Needs To Be Said When You Have Eyes

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. A Repost from 2013, but this pictures deserves, more than almost any of mine, not to be forgotten. From a photographic perspective, a flawed portrait of mine in lots of ways. But none of that really matters at all. Whatever happened to this lovely little human being I will never know… Please pray for peace and happiness in our world.

 

 

Moving On

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”  ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

I was saddened to discover this week that a small slum colony I visited earlier this year in the Indian city of Hyderabad, has now been bulldozed by local developers. The most likely outcome will be that they will just have to move on and find a new piece of wasteland or roadside to occupy.

I’ll be travelling to the city again, ideally this side of Christmas, to work on a project.

Lets hope that these tiny feet will have found a new place to call home and that they’re safe and well.

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”
― Frank Warren