India’s Beautiful Children
I have been in India for a week now, and the trip with the International Reporting Project is winding down. Having been all over Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Balkans--not to mention my home, the San Joaquin Valley--I have seen poverty. But the poverty I have witness here has struck me; it is one thing to read about it and see it in film or video--but it is another to experience it when you actually travel to that place.
At the same time, it has been inspiring to meet the doctors, business leaders, volunteers and activists who are making a difference in the lives of those who have been brushed aside and forgotten. And you appreciate these people’s sacrifice when you look into the eyes of the children for whom they are working. Many of the children we encountered were just like children in our hometowns and abroad: they are happy with what they’ve got, they are just as mischievous as anyone else, and they want to play, be protected and enjoy the companionship of others. Oh, and they like to have a little PSY-inspired fun, too.
Here are some pictures of kids from the past week, from M Ward in Mumbai and nearby Bhiwandi. It has been humbling being around them; at the same time, I really understand why India has become a hub of innovation: its people have to do amazing things with few resources. As anywhere, a society’s future lies in its children, and these kids deserve even more good work than what is underway now.