Sunday, June 19, 2016

Young Student, Student of Friend, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016

For those interested in our interfaith collaboration we present one of the students for whom this work is dedicated. She attends our friend's school in a small village near Kairana, and has the met beautiful voice. When we arrived she was the first one called upon to sing for us, and stole our hearts.

When Nirvana Bodhisattva heard about my visit to the school once again, he shared his thoughts regarding an interfaith project. It seemed that he had been interested in some time and saw this as a chance to explore the idea.

We went in advance and photographed the villages for three days, always being welcomed thanks to our generous hosts. Then Nirvana and his team arrived, and the project went from an idea to a greater possibility. Our hosts in the first school had a surprise waiting for us, as they organized a presentation in the mosque while we visited with the students.

It was a wonderful affair, and Nirvana Bodhisattvawas asked to speak in front of the entire student body. All of the boys and the girls sat on the floor of the mosque, and heard something perhaps new to them spoken by their visitor that day. I of course understood nothing, but could tell that everyone nodded in agreement, everyone from the students to the teachers to the religious leaders.

This gave me the confidence to hope that the project would be well-received. During that same visit Nirvana and his team spoke with our hosts, and gained an initial understanding of our collaboration.

We have now a clear vision of this project, and are presenting it to the communities in the States for support and funding. So if this story touches you, and you feel that this is something behind which you can stand, do let us know what we can do to make this happen for all of us.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3, with available light only.

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