Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Girls 4 Schools, Humana People to People India, Rajasthan + Haryana, India


Girls 4 Schools from Halim Ina on Vimeo.

Working with Humana People to People India results in these moving images. This is our first time in this village and with these young women. Before attending classes, their parents are consulted by the good people of Humana.

The girls are from the village, local girls that normally work all day, doing such work as weaving carpets. Their parents agree to allow their daughters four hours of education, knowing that this takes away from their families' earnings.

One story from Humana People to People India:

'Anita used to help her parents in day-to-day household and farm work. After opening the center, we visited her house with a teacher and a volunteer to talk to her parents. In this meeting, her parents showed a scenario about how helpful she is in their work and they cannot dispense her for education. As per her mother at the end of the day she will be taking care of family.'

'It took the teacher and volunteer one week to make her parents agree to send their daughter to the center. In the beginning she used to come for a few hours and but some days she was a regular to the school. Now she has joined class 3rd in a nearby village.'

One can learn more regarding this wonderful work at:

humana.org
halimina.org

All portraits are for sale and will benefit the very subjects of the portraits. You may feel free to contact the photographer through the above website to begin the conversation.

'I measure the
progress of a community by the degree of
progress which
women have
achieved.'

B. R. Ambedkar