Monthly Archives: April 2019

Monsoon

World Cup Football

Women’s Day

Child Refugees of South-East Delhi

Children of Kashmir

Little Humans : Election 2019

Youtube Mehendi

Study

Pinto

Big Plane

Sachin

Nancy

Broken

26th January

Miss Parul

“Why do you like Miss Parul the most?”
“She’s nice to me.”
“And your other teachers aren’t?”
“They are… but they’re very boring. Miss Parul is funny. ”
#littlehumans

Credit: Anushka Dalal

Mirror Image

Doremon

Cycle Everywhere

Stay Inside

A Rainy Day

Sunday = Temple Day

The Sky And The Sea Are The Same Colour

I’m Going To Play Football

Humans of Gondwana

Ranita Roy

Adivasi Lives Matter

Altaf Qadri

“Prolific and perceptive” is how the New York Times describes Altaf Qadri. In his Instagram series on “India Looking For Hope”, Qadri tells the story of a desperately poor, barely educated and homeless family, living on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, on the fringes of New Delhi, with their hopes pinned on their 7-year son Farmaan who goes to school. The Khan family survives mostly through begging, but, it was Farmaan’s mother, Ruby Khan, who insisted, against her husband’s wish, that her son would go to school.

“I take photographs to create a difference,” he says as he delivers his Ted Talk, a truth one sees in every story he tells. Don’t miss this simple, yet evocative narration of Farmaan’s life, whose story is a mirror reflection of many children in India. 

From the conflict in Kashmir, to political turmoil and major natural disasters, Altaf Qadri’s work lends humanism and insight to his every frame. To get a glimpse of his cutting-edge work follow him on Instagram, twitter and his website.

7-year-old Farmaan poses for a photograph near his home, a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in their boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 1 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan poses for a photograph near his home, a wooden fruit vendor's cart, in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in the 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Farmaan, back to camera, lies next to his three-month-old sister Razia on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, which is his home, as they wake up on a cold morning in New Delhi, India.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 2 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, back to camera, lies next to his three-month-old sister Razia on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which is his home, as they wake up on a cold morning in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Ruby Khan and Nisar Khan help their son Farmaan with his homework as they sit on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, which is their home, in New Delhi, India. Simply by staying in school Farmaan has become the focus of the family’s dreams.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 3 of 18 Here, Ruby Khan, left, and Nisar Khan help their 7-year-old son Farmaan with his homework as they sit on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which is their home, in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. Simply by staying in school Farmaan has become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Farmaan, drinks tea as his father Nasir Khan and his mother Ruby Khan tend to their three-month-old daughter Razia.

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Photo 4 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, right, drinks tea as his father Nasir Khan and his mother Ruby Khan tend to their three-month-old daughter Razia, while they sit on a wooden fruit vendor's cart which is their home in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. Simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Ruby Khan and her son Armaan Khan roll up a plastic tarp which acts as a roof on the wooden fruit vendor’s cart they call home, while her husband, and son Ajmeri, keep themselves warm under a blanket on a cold morning in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 5 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan and her son Armaan Khan roll up a plastic tarp which acts as a roof on the wooden fruit vendor's cart they call home, while husband Nisar Khan, second left, and son Ajmeri, right, keep themselves warm under a blanket on a cold morning in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes, hope can be found in their 7-year-old boy Farmaan who, simply by staying in school, has become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Ruby Khan helps Farmaan get ready for school.

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Photo 6 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Photo 7 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan walks towards his school.

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Photo 8 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. You can see him with his favourite @ferrari school bag! Here, 7-year-old Farmaan walks towards his school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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13-year-old Ajmeri, walks his younger brother Farmaan to school.

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Photo 8 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. You can see him with his favourite @ferrari school bag! Here, 13-year-old Ajmeri, right, walks his younger brother Farmaan to school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan studies at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 9 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan studies at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto @salaambaalaktrust

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Farmaan, waits to be served lunch meals at Salaam Baalak Trust.

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Photo 9 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, second from right, waits to be served lunch meals at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto @salaambaalaktrust

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Ruby Khan, holds her 3-month old daughter Razia as she asks from alms near Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 10 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan, mother of Farmaan, holds her 3-month old daughter Razia as she asks from alms near Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan, studies for school, watched by his father, while his mother plays with his infant sister.

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Photo 11 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old son Farmaan, center, studies on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, the family's home, watched by his father Nisar Khan, while his mother Ruby plays with his infant sister Razia in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan falls asleep on a pile of their belongings. City authorities regularly clear out the squatter camp and often destroy whatever they find. Because of that, some members of the Khan family sleep on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart the size of a large door, with the rest squeezing under a plastic tarp tied to a nearby wall. If the authorities arrive, the family can quickly pile everything they own, clothes, blankets, birth certificates, bags of whatever, onto the cart and roll it away.

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Photo 11 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan falls asleep on a pile of their belongings placed on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which they call their home, in New Delhi, India. City authorities regularly clear out the squatter camp and often destroy whatever they find. Because of that, some members of the Khan family sleep on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart the size of a large door, with the rest squeezing under a plastic tarp tied to a nearby wall. If the authorities arrive, the family can quickly pile everything they own, clothes, blankets, birth certificates, bags of whatever, onto the cart and roll it away. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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The Khan family, led by their father, make their way to a temple to receive donations and free food in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 12 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, the Khan family, led by Nisar Khan,make their way to a temple to receive donations and free food in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan, and other homeless and daily wage laborers keep themselves warm around a bonfire in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 13 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, fourth from left, and other homeless and daily wage laborers keep themselves warm around a bonfire in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan falls asleep while attending to his 3-month-old sister Razia.

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Photo 14 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan falls asleep while attending to his 3-month-old sister Razia, on a hand cart, which is their family's home, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan looks out from his home, as it drizzles in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 15 of 15 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan looks out from his home, set up on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, as it drizzles in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Child Beggars

Prerana Sanmaan Project

Independence Day

Little Humans of Falkland

Prerana

Street Children

The Invisibles

Save The Children

Child Rights Activists Appeal To Citizens To Vote For The Future Of ALL Children In India

Children don’t vote- but you do!

Let’s vote for our children to grow up with Tolerance and love.

Let’s vote for Constitutional Rights for ALL children Let’s vote against violence with impunity, cuts in funding for food, child care, education and killing in the name of religion and cow-vigilantism.

The upcoming election is crucial for the future of children in India, who are in a state of crisis.

Our Constitution guarantees all children the right to early childhood care, nourishment, and education, equal opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. The constitution also promises protection to our children and youth from violence and exploitation, from being abused or forced by economic necessity to enter occupations unsuited to their age or strength.

There is no doubt that in the last five years, there has been a massive erosion of these Constitutional rights and of the wellness of India’s children. Violence against India’s children has increased disturbingly, while funds to support the basic needs of the most marginalized children has significantly decreased. Crime against children has risen by 16.39% between 2014 and 2016. Union Budgets for children have declined from 4.76% of the total allocations in 2012- 13 to 3.25 % in 2019-20.

Child protection: In 2016, the Global Slavery Index reported that India leads the world in modern slavery, sex, and labor trafficking. Children from vulnerable and marginalized groups have never been so insecure. Intolerance is being promoted actively. These children live in fear. Not only do they suffer from malnourishment, hunger and exploitation, but also have grossly inadequate childcare, and no practical access to education, increasingly children are victims of targeted and extreme violence like sexual abuse, trafficking and ‘cow lynching’.

As horrifying as it sounds, the rapes of children have increased by 82%. Equally horrifying is the fact that many of the child rapists continue to enjoy impunity, especially if the victims are Muslim, Dalit or OBC or other marginalized groups, as illustrated by the Kathua, Unnao and Muzaffarpur, Deoria and other shelter home cases. Cow vigilantes have killed with impunity a 12-year-old Muslim boy traveling to an animal fair in Jharkhand and two other Muslim children in Dadri found with two buffaloes in their truck. The 12-year old was beaten to death and hung from a tree. The fanatical rapists and murderers have been protected and defended simply because of their party and religious affiliation.

In the meanwhile, the introduction of the death penalty for the rapists of children has put them in greater danger. Half of India’s children are sexually abused.

Research demonstrates that very often those who abuse the children are family members or caregivers, Thanks to the death penalty, they often silence the children with great brutality, sometimes even murdering them, to conceal evidence.

On top of that, a clause was introduced in the Child Labour (Prohibition) Act of 2016 allowing children to work in “family enterprises” making at-risk children more vulnerable and confining them to caste-based occupations.

In another regressive measure, the Juvenile Justice Act was amended to allow for children, between the ages of 16 and 18, to be tried as adults in case of heinous offenses. Research shows, putting children into the criminal justice system further criminalizes them. Child rights activists and international children organizations say these children need education and an opportunity to reform and rehabilitation.

Education: The chances of a disadvantaged child fighting for a better future are being further smothered as free schools are being shut down and scholarships for higher education are being de-funded. Budgets for post matric scholarship scheme for SCs has been reduced by 60%; for girls’ hostel for SCs by 40.32 %; for post matric scholarship for OBCs by 17.35% and boys and for girls’ hostel for OBCs by 40%. Children with disabilities still ‘dream’ for inclusion.

History and science textbooks have been rewritten and now blatantly misrepresent historical facts by replacing them with myths. Textbooks and courses are re-enforcing regressive gender stereotypes. Girls are being groomed in some schools and universities to be “trained” in wifehood rather than career aspirations. In a Madhya Pradesh University, a three- month course on wifehood was introduced last year. A recent report by World Bank reveals that educated girls are dropping out of the workforce because they are being groomed to aspire for marriage first. A BJP candidate in Rajasthan even promised to legalize child marriage if elected!

Nutrition and childcare: 38% of children under age five years are stunted; 21 % of children under age five years are wasted, and 36% of children under age five are underweight –all signs of malnutrition and hunger. An estimated 8,143 crèches have closed between 2013-14 and 2016-17, and the number of women and children benefiting from the National Crèche Scheme has been cut by 39% (from 474, 775 to 290,925). Anganwadi workers who cook and care for millions of children as part of the Integrated Child Development Services, the world’s largest infant and pregnant mother nutrition programme, are paid one-tenth of the legal minimum wage. They recently went on strike saying that the government wants to replace the food cooked by them with packaged products made by MNCs. They have not been given food supplements for the last year in many states.

May we take a moment to remind our nation that children have rights as citizens of India, to equality, to personal liberty and due process of law; to nutrition and health and education; to being protected from being trafficked and forced into bonded labour and of course the right of minorities and of weaker sections to be protected from discrimination, social injustice and all forms of exploitation.

Any attempt to demand better for our children is side-lined. We want this to change. We don’t want children to be abused and exploited, forced to work, not go to school, neglected or be discriminated against. We want resources and measures for education, child care, and child protection.

Most of all, we want our children safeguarded and their rights as equal citizens of India to be protected.

Let’s vote for all rights for ALL children. India’s four hundred and eighty million children deserve better. They can’t vote today, you can.

Let’s vote for love, not hate.

Sources:
1. National Crime Records Bureau
2. Global Slavery Index
3. Government of India- Statements of Union Budget 4. HAQ-Centre for Child Rights
5. UNICEF

Signed
10-11 April 2019

      1. 1. Aatreyee Sen, Forum For Human Rights and Justice, Himachal Pradesh.
        2. Aban Raza, Painter
        3. Abheek Barman, Consulting Editor, The Economic Times, New Delhi
        4. Adv. Anastasia Gill, DMC Member
        5. Alka Saraogi, Writer
        6. Amarendra Shrivastwa, Child rights activist
        7. Amir Rizvi Human Rights Activis
        8. Ananya Chakraborti, Child Rights Activist, Kolkata
        9. AnastasiaGill,Advocate, DMCMember
        10. Anisha Ghosh Child Rights Activist
        11. Anita Ghai, Professor and Disability Rights Activist
        12. AnitaVaccharajani, Writer
        13. Anjali Monteiro, Professor, TISS
        14. Annie Namala, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan
        15. Antara Deb Sen, Writer
        16. Anthony Thomas, Senior Editor, Harper Collins India, Noida UP
        17. Anurag Kundu, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR)
        18. Apurwa yagnik, Jaipur
        19. Apurwa Yagnik, Jaipur
        20. Arlene Manoharan, Social Worker & Child Rights Professional, Bangalore
        21. Ashish, Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan
        22. Ashish Jha, Jan Jagran Shakti Sanghatan
        23. Ashwini Alawadi, co-founder, RAHI, recovering and healing from incest
        24. Ayush Sharda, Ek Packet Umeed, Kolkata
        25. Babu Sarder, Beliaghata Both Foundation
        26. Baitali Ganguly, JABALA, Child Rights Activist, Kolkata
        27. Bharti Sharma, Retired Professor and Child Rights Activist
        28. Bhavreen Khandari, Environment Activist
        29. Bijayalaxmi Rautaray, Secretary, SAHAYOG, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
        30. Biswajit Goswami, Founder and Editor, Shadow and Green
        31. Bushra Alvi Razzak
        32. Chandrakanta, Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion
        33. Chandrakanta Khan, Social Activist, Patna
        34. Chithra Don Bosco
        35. Chitra Gopalakrishnan. Writer and Child Rights Activist
        36. Chitra Soundar, Writer, Storyteller, UK
        37. Chitra Sundar SOUNDAR, writer and storyteller, London
        38. Chris Anthony, Shades of happiness, Consecrated Life Against Trafficking inPersons
        39. Cynthia Stephen, Independent Researcher, Bangalore
        40. Deborah Baker, writer, New York
        41. Deepa Mehta, filmmaker Toronto
        42. Devaki Jain, Feminist Economist and Former Director Institute of SocialStudies Trust
        43. Devasia, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India office for SC/BC
        44. Dhanpal, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights
        45. Emidio Pinho, SCAN- GOA
        46. Enakshi Ganguly, Child Rights Activist
        47. Esha I Choudhary, Caritas India
        48. Fr. Devasagayaraj, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Office for SC/BC
        49. Gargi Banerjee, Social activist
        50. Gauri Chakrabarty. Associate Professor, Amity School of Communication
        51. Harsh Mandar, Activist
        52. Ignatius.V, PARA, Andhra Pradesh
        53. Indira Pancholi, Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti, Child Rights Activist
        54. Indrani Chakraborty, Child Rights Activist, Kolkata
        55. Ishita Mukherjee
        56. Jean Dreze, Economist and Social Activist, Ranchi
        57. Jeroo Mulla, Visiting Faculty, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai
        58. John Dayal, Social Activist
        59. Joyatri Ray, Child Rights Activist, Bangalore
        60. Jyoti Duhan Rathi, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR)
        61. Kajol Menon, Co-Founder LEHER and Child Rights Activist
        62. Kalpana Purushothaman, Psychologist, Bangalore
        63. Kamayani, jan jagran Shakti Sanghatan
        64. Karuna Bishnoi, Child Rights Activist
        65. Keshar Kumar, Trade Unionist
        66. Khushboo Jain Child Rights Researcher, Delhi
        67. Khushboo Mishra, Child Rights Activist, Delhi
        68. Komal Ganotra, Child Rights Professional
        69. Fr. Koshy, Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk, New Delhi and Child Rights Activist
        70. Kumar Shailabh, Co-director, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights
        71. Kusum Tripathi, SNDT University, Mumbai
        72. Maharukh Adenwalla, Advocate, Child Rights Activist, Mumbai
        73. Maina Bhagat
        74. Manoj Kumar Dash, India Volunteer, Integrated Volunteers Network (IVN),New Delhi
        75. Mausami Bhattacharya, ICSSR Post Doctoral Fellow, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
        76. Meera Vardhan, Lucknow
        77. Mehrun Siddique, Social Activist
        78. Mira Shiva, Activist
        79. Minoti Bahri -Founder Chairperson Shikshantar School.
        80. Mohammed Siraj, Child Rights Activist and Founder, Panchan
        81. Muthamma B. Devaya, Disability Rights Activist, Bangalore
        82. Nabaneeta Deb Sen, Writer and Scholar, Kolkata
        83. Nachiketa Mittal, Professor and Social Activist
        84. Nalini Kant, Manavi, Ranchi
        85. Nandana Sen, Children’s Book Writer, New York
        86. Nandini Majrekar, Professor, TISS Mumbai
        87. Nandita Pal Choudhary, Crafts Advocate
        88. Nasiruddin, Journalist , Lucknow
        89. Nawlesh Kr Singh, State Convenor, Campaign against Child Labour 90. Nayanika Mahatani, Children’s book writer, London
        91. Neel Mukherjee, writer, London and Boston
        92. Neil Roberts, Child Rights Activist, Chandigarh
        93.Nicole Range lMenezes,Co-Funder LEHER,ChildRightsActivist
        94. Nikhil Kumar, Delhi
        95. Nilanjana Roy, children’s book writer
        96. Nilima Mehta, Professor and Child Rights Specialist
        97. Nimisha Srivastava, Child Rights worker, Delhi
        98. Nitin Wadhwani, Director, NGO Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR), Mumbai
        99. Niti Saxena, Human Rights Activist and Researcher
        100. Nitya Singh, Activist
        101. Nivedita Jha Shakeel, Writer and Social Activist
        102. eNiyati Singh, Activist
        103. N. Paneer Selvam, Kiruba Welfare Trust, Chennai
        104. Nutin Wadhwani, director, NGO Citizens Association for Child Rights,Mumbai
        105. Padmaja Shaw, Rtd. Professor, Journalism, Osmania University
        106. Papiha Nandy
        107. Paramita Saha, Dancer and Arts Manager, Kolkata
        108. Paro Anand, Children’s Stories Writer
        109. PAROMITA Saha, Dancer and arts Manager Kolkata
        110. Paromita Shastri, Writer and Child Rights Activist
        111. Piali Bhattacharya, women’s rights activist
        112. PK Sharma, Centre Direct
        113. Prabir Basu, SPAN, Kolkata
        114. Pratishtha Singh, Rajasthan
        115. Preeti Agarwal Mehta, Delhi
        116. Preeti Patkar, Prerana, Mumbai and Child Rights Activist
        117. Preeti Singh,Co-Director, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights
        118. Puneeta Roy, The Yuva Ekta Foundation
        119. Radha Mishra, Retd Professor, SNDTWU, Pune
        120. Radhika Menon, Children’s Publisher, Tulika, Chennai
        121. Rafey Hussain, Save the Children
        122. Raja Sen, Film Critic and Children’s Book Writer
        123. Ranjeeta
        124. Ram, Child Psychologist
        125. Ratna Saxena, Independent Researcher and Child Rights Activist
        126. Riyaz
        127. Reena Mohan, film-maker , Delhi
        128. Reshma Singh, AALI, Jharkhand
        129. Robert Dequadros, Social activist
        130. Rosina Ahmed, Doctor
        131. Ruchira Goswami, NUJS, Kolkata
        132. Ruchira Gupta, The Last Girl Apne Aap
        133. Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan
        134. Sadaf Jafar, Founder, Kalrav
        135. Sister Carol, SASVIKA
        136. Sadanand Bag, Human Rights Activist
        137. Saddiq Passah, Child Rights Activist
        138. Sajal Banerjee, Filmmaker
        139. Sandokpam Ranjeeta, Human Rights Alert, Manipur
        140. Father Sebestian
        141. Sanjoy Roy, Founder, Trustee, Salaam Baalak Trust, New Delhi
        142. Father Sonychen Mathew SDB, Chithra Don Bosco
        143. Sister Arpan Carvalho BS. Amrat-Talitha Kum India- The internationalnetwork of consecrated life against trafficking in persons
        144. Satya Gopal Dey, Vikramshila Education Resource Society
        145. Saif Mahmood, Writer and lawyer, Delhi
        146. Seema K Treangpi, Bread for Life Trust, Catholic Bishops’ Conference ofIndia,Office for SC/BC
        147. Samim Sultana, Child Rights Activist
        148. Saira Shah Haleem
        149. Sanghamitra Sen, Scientist, Santa Barbara
        150. Sara Khan, Social Activist
        151. Shantha Sinha, Former Member of National Commission for Protection ofChild Rights (NCPCR) and Child Rights Activist
        152. Sayeda Hameed, Muslim women’s forum, Delhi
        153. Shika Shetty, Child Rights Activist, Bangalore
        154. Shaaz Ahmed
        155. Shahina Javed, Child Rights Activist
        156. Shray Ragi Israni, designer
        157. Shalini Dhawan, Designer
        158. Sreemoyee Sen Ram – Social Worker and Child Rights Professional
        159. Shama Afroze, Child Rights Campaigner
        160. Sister Smita Parmar, Social Activist, Bihar
        161. Shimantini Dhuru, Educationist, Filmmaker
        162. Sister Leena Padam
        163. Shireen Vakil, Child Rights Activist
        164. Siddharth P, Mumbai. Child Rights Activist, Bihar
        165. Sister Jayarani Deepshikha
        166. Siddiqua Parveen, Legal Consultant, WBCPCR
        167. Simantini Dhuru, Educationist, Film Maker
        168. Sneha Dey Roy, Goonj
        169. Sneha Mishra, AAINA, Child Rights Activist, Odisha
        170. Sneha Sharma, Centre for Child Rights, CNLU, Patna
        171. Stalin Padma, Film Maker and Human Rights Activist
        172. Steve Rohan Rocha, Nine is Mine and PRATYeK
        173. Sudeshna Roy, Fimmaker
        174. Sumitra Mishra, Child Rights Activist, Delhi
        175. Sunil Jha, Child Rights Activist
        176. Sr. Sabrina, Loreto Rainbow Homes
        177. Sunita, Social Activist, Bihar
        178. Susmita Chanda, Program Consultant, WBCPCR
        179. Swagata Raha, Legal Researcher
        180. Syeda Hameed, Muslim Women’s Forum, Social Activist Former Memberof Planning Commission and National Women’s Commission
        181. Tannistha Datta, Child Rights Activist
        182. Tavishi Alagh, Film-maker
        183. Tinku Khanna, Apne Aap, Kolkata
        184. T.Martin Sudhakar, people’s action for rural awakening, Andhra Pradesh
        185. Uma Subaramanian, Social Worker and Child Rights Activist
        186. Valay Singh Rai, Author, Child Rights Activist
        187. Varghese Theckanath s.g. Montfort Social Institute
        188. Varunditya Chauhan, digital marketeer, Gwalior
        189. Veenu Kakkar, Independent Development Consultant
        190. Vibhuti Patel, TISS, Mumbai
        191. Victor Raj, Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL)
        192. Vinita Saraf, Ektara
        193. Vinod K Jose, Journalist
        194. Vipin Bhatt, Child Rights Activist
        195. Yasho Vardhan
        196. Zain Awan, Editor (Print and Online), ANI News

#Vote4Children – The English Medium Vs Hindi Medium Debate With 16-Year-Old Priyansh

Little Humans is a volunteer driven photo-project based on the belief that the littlest people have the biggest stories to tell. You can contribute too. Follow us on instagram and facebook to know more. 

1. We live in a country that speaks multiple languages, and our national language is Hindi. How fluently do you speak Hindi?

Speaking fluent Hindi depends on place to place. Earlier, I used to live in Ranchi and people spoke Hindi quite fluently and accurately but in Mumbai, I noticed that Hindi is not spoken that properly and it’s mixed with the local language. I speak fluent Hindi and it is my go-to language to converse with my friends or anyone I’d like to speak to. And it feels very friendly when you speak to someone in our national language.

2. What are the merits and demerits of studying in English medium school vs a Hindi medium school?

I believe that studying in an English medium school is more or less related to your social development and it definitely betters your spoken English. However, it diverts us from our national language, Hindi because it does not remain the main language. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re studying in English medium school or a Hindi medium school or if you’re learning things in any other language as long as you are studying properly and gaining knowledge. But you really feel the difference when you’re grown up and start looking for a job as many companies advocate English as the best way to interact with anyone globally.

3. Most people co-relate speaking fluent English with a good education, resulting in a brighter career in the future. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Well, it’s true that speaking fluent English and brighter career are related nowadays but I really disagree with this co-relation because we can’t judge a person with one aspect just like we can’t judge a book by its cover. Maybe that person could be a maestro or skilled in any other job. Why do we need to look down upon an individual who’s learnt the same things we have but just in a different language or precisely in our national language, Hindi? It is time to shed those judgy looks and break this language stereotype and embrace the language of our land, Bharat.

Priyansh is 16 years old and is a student of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Mumbai. 

#Vote4Children – 16-Year-Old Purujit On How Parents Need To Encourage Children To Take On Careers In The Creative Stream

Little Humans is a volunteer driven photo-project based on the belief that the littlest people have the biggest stories to tell. You can contribute too. Follow us on instagram and facebook to know more. 

1. What do you want to become when you grow up?

When I was in 5th grade, I wanted to become an Army officer and then in 8th grade, I started liking Science. But it was only in 10th grade, that I figured out what I actually want to study and become later on in life. So, after my board results, I spent a fair amount of time reading and researching various streams and even visited career counsellors to help filter out my choices. And after all the permutations, I decided to take up Humanities. 

That decision raised a lot of eyebrows. 

2. Many children nowadays want to pursue careers in the creative field, and not taken on traditional professions like engineers, doctors and lawyers. How encouraging do you think parents, teachers and schools are about these alternate career choices?

Even today, Science trends as the most favoured and sought after career choice amongst Indian parents for their children to pursue after 10th grade. And maybe its understandable given the career options it allows? 

I believe knowledge plays a very key role in deciding one’s career choices…especially the knowledge of parents. Since my parents were aware of Humanities and were familiar with the subject, they were very supportive in my decision to take it up. But some of my friends weren’t that fortunate. Few of my friends wanted to study Music and Arts but had to eventually take up Science because of parental pressure and a great amount of competition. 

3. Do you think children are receiving the right guidance and direction to pursue careers in creative fields? How not? How so?

No, not always. What I urge parents, families and societies to do, is to be open and receptive to alternate career choices for their children. Ask questions and understand why your child is making that choice…build your knowledge on the subject to be able to provide informed guidance to children. And for my friends…follow your dreams…!  It is okay sometimes to unfollow the trends and be a trailblazer instead. 

Puruijit is 16 years old and is currently studying Humanities at Christ College, Bengaluru and wants to pursue a Masters in Economics to become a Financial Analyst.

#Vote4Children – What 14-Year-Old Bharadwaj Thinks Of Inclusive Schools For Children

Little Humans is a volunteer driven photo-project based on the belief that the littlest people have the biggest stories to tell. You can contribute too. Follow us on instagram and facebook to know more. 

1. Do you understand what one means by ‘disability’?

Why do we always view ‘disability’ as a physical or mental limitation, that hinders our thoughts, movements, senses, or daily activities? Don’t we all feel crippled at times in our life? I’ve always viewed persons with disabilities as specially-abled. Unlike most of us living an average, normal lives, specially-abled people go to school, work, have families, laugh, cry, play like everyone else despite certain disabilities. Doesn’t that mean they are more special? Why then does the world see persons with disabilities as a liability?

2. Do any children in your class have disabilities? Tell us about it.

So, one of my friends in school has just finished giving his board exams. He is a specially-abled boy – he can walk, but he is slow and often needs a helping hand. He can write but not very quick. But he is very intelligent. And he loves drawing. 

3. How does your school cater to the needs of children with disabilities? Narrate an incident. 

Since we were doing our boards, my school took the initiative to arrange a scribe (from amongst 8th and 9th-grade students) to write down his answers during exams. All of us were involved in helping him out during exams. This was a great example set up by my school to bring a positive attitude towards disability and promote inclusiveness. 

Our school has been very supportive since the beginning… from the school management, to the school helpers who carry him and his belongings to class everyday, to even his classmates and friends… we all are involved in helping him whenever needed. 

4. What must schools in India do to make the future of children with disabilities more secure? With the elections coming soon, how do you think the Government can help to make schools more inclusive for disabled children?

While there are a few schools like mine, we as a nation have a long way to go. First and foremost, people’s attitudes towards specially-abled people and children needs to shift from sympathy and pity to empathy. 

Secondly, the government needs to work towards ensuring barrier-free spaces and environments for the learning of students with disabilities. That will begin by simply taking a step to ensure that there is no separate classroom for specially-abled students, instead integrate them into the mainstream. 

Additionally, more funds should be allocated by the government to schools to make them disabled-friendly like building ramps and separate toilets…that’s how we can really build inclusive and child-friendly schools. The only reservation we as Indians, should demand currently is for specially-abled … be it in schools, institutions or at workplaces. And that would be an Inclusive India, in the true sense. 

Bharadwaj is 14 years old and is currently studying in 10th grade at Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Mumbai. 

The Life Of A Child On A Fruit Vendor’s Cart, Through Altaf Qadri’s Frames

“Prolific and perceptive” is how the New York Times describes Altaf Qadri. In his Instagram series on “India Looking For Hope”, Qadri tells the story of a desperately poor, barely educated and homeless family, living on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, on the fringes of New Delhi, with their hopes pinned on their 7-year son Farmaan who goes to school. The Khan family survives mostly through begging, but, it was Farmaan’s mother, Ruby Khan, who insisted, against her husband’s wish, that her son would go to school.

“I take photographs to create a difference,” he says as he delivers his Ted Talk, a truth one sees in every story he tells. Don’t miss this simple, yet evocative narration of Farmaan’s life, whose story is a mirror reflection of many children in India. 

From the conflict in Kashmir, to political turmoil and major natural disasters, Altaf Qadri’s work lends humanism and insight to his every frame. To get a glimpse of his cutting-edge work follow him on Instagram, twitter and his website.

7-year-old Farmaan poses for a photograph near his home, a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in their boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 1 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan poses for a photograph near his home, a wooden fruit vendor's cart, in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in the 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Farmaan, back to camera, lies next to his three-month-old sister Razia on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, which is his home, as they wake up on a cold morning in New Delhi, India.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 2 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, back to camera, lies next to his three-month-old sister Razia on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which is his home, as they wake up on a cold morning in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Ruby Khan and Nisar Khan help their son Farmaan with his homework as they sit on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, which is their home, in New Delhi, India. Simply by staying in school Farmaan has become the focus of the family’s dreams.

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Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 3 of 18 Here, Ruby Khan, left, and Nisar Khan help their 7-year-old son Farmaan with his homework as they sit on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which is their home, in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. Simply by staying in school Farmaan has become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Farmaan, drinks tea as his father Nasir Khan and his mother Ruby Khan tend to their three-month-old daughter Razia.

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Photo 4 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, right, drinks tea as his father Nasir Khan and his mother Ruby Khan tend to their three-month-old daughter Razia, while they sit on a wooden fruit vendor's cart which is their home in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. Simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

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Ruby Khan and her son Armaan Khan roll up a plastic tarp which acts as a roof on the wooden fruit vendor’s cart they call home, while her husband, and son Ajmeri, keep themselves warm under a blanket on a cold morning in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 5 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan and her son Armaan Khan roll up a plastic tarp which acts as a roof on the wooden fruit vendor's cart they call home, while husband Nisar Khan, second left, and son Ajmeri, right, keep themselves warm under a blanket on a cold morning in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes, hope can be found in their 7-year-old boy Farmaan who, simply by staying in school, has become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Ruby Khan helps Farmaan get ready for school.

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Photo 6 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Photo 7 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan walks towards his school.

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Photo 8 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. You can see him with his favourite @ferrari school bag! Here, 7-year-old Farmaan walks towards his school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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13-year-old Ajmeri, walks his younger brother Farmaan to school.

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Photo 8 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. You can see him with his favourite @ferrari school bag! Here, 13-year-old Ajmeri, right, walks his younger brother Farmaan to school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan studies at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 9 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan studies at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto @salaambaalaktrust

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Farmaan, waits to be served lunch meals at Salaam Baalak Trust.

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Photo 9 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, second from right, waits to be served lunch meals at Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto @salaambaalaktrust

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Ruby Khan, holds her 3-month old daughter Razia as she asks from alms near Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 10 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan, mother of Farmaan, holds her 3-month old daughter Razia as she asks from alms near Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan, studies for school, watched by his father, while his mother plays with his infant sister.

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Photo 11 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old son Farmaan, center, studies on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, the family's home, watched by his father Nisar Khan, while his mother Ruby plays with his infant sister Razia in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan falls asleep on a pile of their belongings. City authorities regularly clear out the squatter camp and often destroy whatever they find. Because of that, some members of the Khan family sleep on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart the size of a large door, with the rest squeezing under a plastic tarp tied to a nearby wall. If the authorities arrive, the family can quickly pile everything they own, clothes, blankets, birth certificates, bags of whatever, onto the cart and roll it away.

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Photo 11 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan falls asleep on a pile of their belongings placed on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, which they call their home, in New Delhi, India. City authorities regularly clear out the squatter camp and often destroy whatever they find. Because of that, some members of the Khan family sleep on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart the size of a large door, with the rest squeezing under a plastic tarp tied to a nearby wall. If the authorities arrive, the family can quickly pile everything they own, clothes, blankets, birth certificates, bags of whatever, onto the cart and roll it away. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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The Khan family, led by their father, make their way to a temple to receive donations and free food in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 12 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, the Khan family, led by Nisar Khan,make their way to a temple to receive donations and free food in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan, and other homeless and daily wage laborers keep themselves warm around a bonfire in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 13 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, fourth from left, and other homeless and daily wage laborers keep themselves warm around a bonfire in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan falls asleep while attending to his 3-month-old sister Razia.

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Photo 14 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan falls asleep while attending to his 3-month-old sister Razia, on a hand cart, which is their family's home, in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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Farmaan looks out from his home, as it drizzles in New Delhi, India.

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Photo 15 of 15 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan looks out from his home, set up on a wooden fruit vendor's cart, as it drizzles in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

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