Friday, November 4, 2016

Young Student + Straw, Village in Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India

Last night was a most magical one, proof that it truly takes a village. That 'village' happened to be a circle of friends associated with our dear sister Nora Mcnamara. As soon as she shared our proposal for a school with her community, we went from 10 benefactors to our goal of 24 in one night!

Having just met these wonderful people, we will refrain from adding their tags to this portrait. Of course I would be honored if they did so, and hope that they do so in order for all to get to know each other.

This young girl is one of the students in our proposed school, to be guided by Nirvana Bodhisattva and his talented 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 night, as well as those over the past four weeks, to make this happen!

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.

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