Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Elders, Village near Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016


"Our time is near its end now... but there is still time for our children, please help educate them."

I remember their words to this day, as we talked about the future school in their village. Their sons and nephews have come together, with their guidance, and have built the school building in which Nirvana Bodhisattva and this community will establish a school for their children.

These two men, and their community, are as interested in educating their boys as they are in educating their girls. They have opened their hearts to us, in the spirit of brotherhood. We wish to repay this gesture with our efforts.

The land behind them is theirs, and they have kindly given of it for this project. The possibilities are immense, as there are over 120 similar villages in this district. Our aim is to establish a model school for 240 children in this very spot, and then replicate its success in village after village.

This region of India has sadly seen more than its share of violence between communities of different faiths, and has been in the center of news all too many times for the wrong reasons. We hope that this project attracts the news outlets, this time for harmony and peace between these communities.


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Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.