CLICK RIGHTS PRESENTS ….Roaming Photo Exhibition on Wheels Kolkata January 2011
Festivity is in the air. This young boy celebrates his Christmas, New years and DurgaPuja knocking at the rolled up windows of the cars trying to sell balloons at the traffic signal of Esplanade
Small children like this unnamed child come from villages of Jharkhand, Orissa andBihar. They work in the construction sites of Rajarhat (the proposed satellite city ofKolkata) where hundreds of sky scrapers are coming up. After the days work he is folding up the safety net which is essential for his survival for working in high-rise construction sites
In Aurangabad, Nimtita or Arjunpur village of Murshidabad district, the youngbiri-rollers help the elders in the family to earn some extra money for their family. They often become soft targets of the deadly tuberculosis for handling tobacco constantly.
Bubai, the kite runner is a resident of a village in South 24 Parganas. Hestudies at the charity based school of Lashkarpur. Will his dreams ever come true; can he dream of better future and prospect?
These are the eyes of Jhumki. These children are from the villages of Narendrapurand Lashkarpur in South 24 Parganas. Their parents are farmers, fishermen or run small tea stalls in the locality. They want their children to study further but have limited funds. Yet they aspire for their children to be educated
The gram flour sherbat seller was photographed near Babughat, Kolkata.. Most of these children selling lemon sherbat or gram flour sherbat are seen in schooluniforms and are often working to relieve their parents after attending schools when other children do their homework or play in the park
Shanti, Jhumki, Bubai and Shuddha do not have access to proper Govt schools orformal education. We find them playing during most mornings before they go to a voluntary school at 10:30 am
Young girls work in the fields and look after their cattle along with the older women right from their childhood as there is no scope for them to attend school, in Puruliathe poorest district of West Bengal. Hardly there are schools in the locality and even if there are, they are mostly not suited for girls- the roads are unsafe; there are no toilets which push girls out of schools.
A boy helps his father to stitch the fishing net in Puri, Orissa. Their hut was engulfedby the sea a few months ago. Ongoing effect of climate change often makes the lives of the children vulnerable.
A lot of people migrate to India from Bangladesh in search of better living andland up in even worse situations. The thatched hut is all that this girl has to share with her family in a village of Gupti, Coastal Orissa .
This is the youngest boy in the tea stall. The moment signifies the heart wrenching despair thathe feels, working constantly in the maddening heat while being yelled at to make the maximum number of dumplings that he possibly can in a given time.
This young boy although young seems to have a rebellious nature. The owner would yell at him for being slow and he would occasionally respond by slowing down even further. This prompted calls to the owner of the shop at the Lake Camp. The calls were traumatic for the children; much more than the yelling. And they would then respond by working frantically. Many of the customers at the store are children (accompanied by their parents) andit was rendering to see the lack of empathy that the customers, kids and adults alike, felt for the children working to feed them.
These two children near the shanty settlements that line the ghat stretch nearBabughat, were playing in the Ganges. On asking them if they went to school they smiled, looked at each other and said no. Under their expression of defiance lay hidden a certain yearning and despair
These children have no school to go to and hardly any means of communication with the rest of the world. They live in this place called Satabhaya in coastal Orissa, where more than 300 houses, roads and entire villages were engulfed by the sea in less than 5 years through repeatedcyclones and tidal waves. The nearest school, hospital or market is about 10 kms of walk through the Mangrove forests of Bhitorkonika
The effects of Aila the tropical cyclone that hit sundarbans in May 2009 have led to large scale migration; especially of women and children; owing to lack of basic infrastructure and livelihood
Poverty in the Sundarbans is a cliché for the world news. Yet it exists even today to a worrying extent and children, specially girls like these are at constant risk of being trafficked for child labour or even worse!
Even at this young age, he is an expert boatman, assisting his father since the age of four. His father ferries the boat for a meager salary and cannot afford to hire an assistant. So, the boy has to play the role at the cost of his education .
Most of the street side shops in Kolkata are run by young children, who come fromvillages to the big cities in search for a living. Having no means of shelter they sleepon the footpath at night, where their childhood dreams increasingly become hazier in the backdrop of the shining street lights
The smiling moment is supposed to be an integral part of a girl’s life but having nobasic access to health, electricity, pure water, education and transportation coupled with their daily struggle for survival makes it a distant dream.
In many of the Hindu festivals when children usually have fun and frolic, these young children accompany the dhakis to the city and work untiringly.
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