In one week I will see these two women, and stand in this very courtyard. This happens to be the location of our school with Nirvanavan Foundation, run by our dear friend Nirvana and his team. The taller woman is the teacher's daughter, and used to be a student as well.
Now she helps her mother around the home, and is a role model for the younger girls in the village. She is strong, confident and graceful. Such a stance is almost unthinkable in rural India, especially from a young girl. Here she is however, having attended school as a young girl and raised by parents with an equal view of their daughter and son.
I love this home, and the family which receives us with open arms every single time. Her mother makes everything happen for me here, gets the girls to the class early enough to be photographed, and makes sure that all men and boys remain outside of the courtyard so that the girls will comfortable enough to be documented.
It is an oasis in an often-times difficult world for the girls of rural India, and countless other countries as well unfortunately. I however always leave this space with even more hope than the previous visit, and cannot wait to be there again perhaps even this weekend!