Friday, November 22, 2013

Girl + Student, Collection + Sorting of Garbage, Humana People to People India, Gurgaon, India, November 22, 2013

Her life is spent collecting garbage from the surrounding area, then sorting it in order to support her family. The entire community lives in tents on the edge of town, on land that is someone else's without water nor electricity. Under the shadow of the skyscrapers housing the world's elite corporations she exists, yet her spirit remains true.

Through a collaboration between Humana People to People India and Nokia she attends classes for a few hours per day, and has gained skills to perhaps one day allow her a chance at changing her future as well as that of her family.

We visited her camp today and made portraits for her and her friends. The most incredible thing is that we just arrived, set up the tripod and began calling girls to the front of the lens for their portraits… and they responded with kindness and open hearts. The children, it is always the children, with this reaction rather than anything else… and they are the reason my work exists.

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