Little Humans Campaign | Child Rights Organization | Leher NGO in India

Little humans

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Little Humans Campaign | Child Rights Organization | Leher NGO in India

Started in June 2014, and inspired by Humans of New York‘s wonderful ability to make us relate to people we would never know otherwise, we started our own campaign – Little Humans. An attempt to provide a space for every little face, a voice for every choice they make, whether it’s their favourite food or their worst nightmare.

We began with the belief that sometimes the littlest people have the biggest stories to tell. But how could we know that for sure? We didn’t. Until we stepped out, and began to talk to little children from all walks of life and with varying degrees of privilege to realise that these photo stories collectively expressed what it means to be a little human today.

Why are we doing this? Because, we are a child rights group who want nothing more than to create a safer/better world for children. Having shifted the tide towards prevention and not just protection, collecting such stories only helps us deepen our understanding of children and their needs, better still through new lenses. Yours.

If you’d like to contribute stories to #littlehumans or collaborate, write to us: contact@leher.org / littlehumans2016@gmail.com

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Little Humans

1 month 2 days ago

Sitting outside Mekkah Masjid in Hyderabad, two little boys were negotiating about the money in one of the boys hands. “Main iska zyada paisa banaoonga,” said one, trying to place a bet with his friend and get hold of the money. When they noticed me watching them, they looked nervous, worried about their money. But as I smiled at them, I could see a smile on their faces too, almost relieved that their money was safe with them. #littlehumans

Credit: Mohit Pandey

Little Humans

1 month 3 days ago

With skinny arms and tiny bodies, many children in the Khalighat slum in Kolkata are found bare chested and looking malnourished. Despite a language barrier, these little boys were teasing me and covering their faces everytime I pointed the camera at them. This game went on until their mother, carrying her tokri of flowers yelled out for them. “Hyam Ma!” they yelled in a chorus, scurrying along behind her. #littlehumans

Credit: Mohit Pandey

Little Humans

1 month 4 days ago

“I wish to go to school someday,” said one of the boys as he tossed the coin in midair that would determine which team would bowl first. The slum area Kalighat, near the famous Howrah Bridge in Kolkata wreaks of poverty and unfulfilled dreams. One can’s miss the number of children roaming around aimlessly, doing odd jobs and playing cricket on the tram tracks that transport the people of Kolkata across the city, hinting at how few children go to school, yet, finding a way to enjoy their lives regardless of life's pressures. “When my family can afford it, I will go to school too,” stated the other boy, getting back to his game almost immediately. #littlehumans

Credit: Mohit Pandey

Little Humans

1 month 5 days ago

In Chintal basti, a small locality in Hyderabad, live numerous families struggling to make a living. Two siblings, playing with each other, making a playground of their surroundings caught my attention. “Can I take a photo of you?” I asked. One of them immediately sat at the front door of her home, almost showing me her pose, while the other blushed and ran away peering at the camera from behind a tree. #littlehumans

Credit: Mohit Pandey

Little Humans

1 month 6 days ago

During my travel to Madhya Pradesh, near a small village called Bargi, I bumped into two little girls wearing their school uniforms and walking alone on the highway. “Where are you off too?” I asked. “To school!” they replied in unison, rather happily. They would leave early in the morning, each day, excited and enthusiastic to go to school, but most often no teachers would show up to take classes. Yet, diligently, they would take on their journey to school in the hope that their teacher was present. After speaking to the locals in neighbouring villages too, I realised that many children were facing similar circumstances in their schools.

That day, I went along with the little girls to meet their friends and get a tour of their school. Their infectious smile and warmth reflected their childlike innocence. But it also highlighted the irony of the state of affairs in schools across India – while children are eager to learn and go to school, not many are able to get an education. #littlehumans

Credit: Mohit Pandey

Little Humans

1 month 1 week ago

"Mere best friend ka naam Pinto hai."
"Aur?"
"Har Sunday woh hamare ghar aata hai."
"Aur?"
"Hum rasna pite hai."
"Aur?"
"Ludo khelte hai."
"Aur?"
"Woh mera best friend hain, kyun ki usko bhi Hritik Roshan pasand hai."
#littlehumans

Credit: Shreya Das Sriman Biswajit MullenLowe Lintas Group

Little Humans

1 month 1 week ago

"What do you like doing in your free time?"
"Cycling is my favourite pastime. I have a couple of cycling buddies with whom I go for rides after school. I also practise Karate. I am a beginner at it though. I would like to grow up to be an action star in Karate."
"So thats what you want to be when you grow up?"
"That and also, I would like to be a pilot when I grow up. I want to fly a big plane. I would like to circle around marine drive in my plane.."
#littlehumans

Credit: Ashwin Shanker Priyanka Kumari MullenLowe Lintas Group

Little Humans

1 month 1 week ago

“Main doctor banke, gareebo ka ilaj karoongi.” #littlehumans #tellusyourdream #womensday