Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Student + New School, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016


Thanks to two dozen people coming together over the past four weeks this young student will soon be attending classes under the exemplary guidance of Nirvana Bodhisattva and his foundation.

She is one of the students in our upcoming school, to be guided by the team at Nirvanavan Foundation. As a matter of fact the foundation plans to visit this very village over the next couple of weeks to begin the process of organization.

He will meet with the village leaders, both religious and political, and have the necessary conversations to make sure all are on the same page. We respect our circle of benefactors just as we respect the students to be included in the school, and want to make sure that the school established honors all involved.

I can only imagine the smiles on the faces of the children, very much like the smile on this young spirit. We are going from visiting this region since 2013, from only making their portraits, to introducing a formal school to the children and providing a system in which they can realize their true potential.

What is very important to know is that this idea emerged from within this community. The elders of this very community asked for our help, asked us to help educate their children, and offered their extensive cooperation for the sake of this effort. What is just as important is that this help is coming from within India, that the expertise behind the establishment of the school is Indian truly. Lastly, the thought of Hindus and Muslims coming together in a region stricken with strife quite recently makes this effort that much more important.

We salute those coming together last month to make this a reality!



Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.