Sunday, June 27, 2010
Blind Widow, Courtyard of Mosque, Zakat Foundation of India, Old Delhi, India, November, 2008
This man represents a part of society that is generally shunned. He is both blind and a widow, resigned to receiving a bag of dried goods monthly in order to survive.
The people that provide this bag do so through the Zakat Foundation of India, in an anonymous manner. Usually, about twenty to thirty widows gather at a specific site three times a month, three different groups, to collect their bag of goods.
They, or someone that sponsors them, apply for this program and their application is reviewed by the good people of the foundation.
For this session, we use the courtyard of a local mosque. They are kind enough to allow us the space for photography due to the fact that the foundation is well known in the area. The streets are busy beyond our control and the courtyard allows us to make peaceful portraits.