During my years with Humana People to People India I have been fortunate to have witnessed incredible stories and to have documented them through the lens. Over a dozen villages have allowed me unlimited photographic access to their girls, and this has resulted in countless, intimate portraits like the one above.
Her school is now closed, but hopes to reopen this year with the guidance of the foundation. We have been given an opportunity to do our part, the easy part, and raise the funding necessary for the foundation to do the hard part. When asked they sought the same teachers from three years ago and four of the five teachers have happily agreed to return to teach.
In a previous post I describe the events of this morning, how these girls transformed from the most timid of spirits to girls unable to hold their smiles. The short version of the story is that certain adults were less interested in the well-being of the girls and more interested in finishing the session as fast as possible. After a short break and a discussion with the foundation, the situation was improved and a new location was found in order to complete the portraits.
The link is included below as a reference for the above image.
A Smile From a Frown
I hope to return to her village later this year, and to see her in class smiling like before.
Halim Ina Photography