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GURIA Press Review

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by designldg

Varanasi is at crossroad between Nepal, Bihar, Bengal, Mumbai (…), many trucks drive there, many visitors come, also many young women who sometimes meet the worst…

Some become prostitutes, some have children whom future seemed to be no better.

Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

In April 2010 they were nominated for the 2010 Front Line Award, a international foundation for the protection of Human Rights defenders.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.organd you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

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Courageous Souls

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by designldg

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“Ajeet Singh and the GURIA organisation work to end the trafficking and forced prostitution of women and children in India. He organises protest marches and has carried out raids on the brothels to rescue children.
The pimps and the brothel owners and the police who protect them see him as a threat to their profits.
On March 25th, 2010, a group of people entered the centre and said that they would break the legs and hands of anyone who attempted to continue teaching the children there.
Ajeet Singh was one of the shortlisted nominees for the 2005 Front Line Award, which is given each year to a human rights defender who has shown exceptional courage.”
(“Courageous souls who risk all to defend human rights”, The Irish Times – Friday, December 31, 2010)

This is a picture of Ajeet and Manju Singh with some of the Guria family.
It was shot from the balcony of the small house which belongs to GURIA in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

Carrying the Heaviest Burden

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by designldg

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“God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.”
(Reggie White – Professional American football player, 1961 – 2004)

This is a picture of Ajeet Singh among happy children for whom he is fighting endlessly.
It was shot in the courtyard of GURIA in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Ajeet Singh and his wife Manju are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
Those modern heroes are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.organd you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

Unto the Pure

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by designldg

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“Unto the pure all things are pure”.
(Bible, Titus 1:15)

This portrait was shot at GURIA in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
This little girl would like to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
Behind her happy face lies hope for a better future…

Have a look to the other pictures of this file.
There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, www.guriaindia.organd you may contact Manju and Ajeet who are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

 

What We Can Help

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by designldg

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“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”
(Plato – Greek philosopher. 428 BC-348 BC)

This was shot a few days ago in the courtyard of GURIA in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website,http://www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com
If you are coming to Varanasi, this evening starts “Pearls of Love”, a concert series organized and produced by GURIA for the marginalised traditional artists in order to provide opportunities for the participants to show their creative skill (and not their sexual availability).
The festival takes place for two weeks at Munshi ghat every day at 5pm.
Here the women present the best of their repertoire as they strive to make their music and dance acceptable to the mainstream and, ultimately, financially viable.

A Real Hero

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by designldg

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“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst.
In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title.
Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.
Check your road and the nature of your battle.
The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”
(Ayn Rand – Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)

This is a portrait of Ajeet Singh who is running with his wife Manju an non-profit organisation named GURIA, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Ajeet is a modern hero providing shelter and hope to many children.
He has succeeded in making Varanasi the only city in India with a child prostitute free red light area.
GURIA has earned widespread support and work both with the Indian government and with international organisations including UN, Asian Human Rights Commission, Frontline, Geneva Global and Action Aid.
In May 2010 Ajeet was one of only five people in the world nominated for the annual Frontline Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award, given to those who have made outstanding contributions to human rights at great personal risk.

“FREDOM NOW”, a charity concert with internationally renowned artists Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla), Nicolas Magriel (sarangi), Amie Maciszewski (sitar) and famous sarode player Aashish Khan, will be held in support of Guria in London on July 9TH 2010 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in West Kensington.
For more information see:
www.guria-uk.org

In order to help GURIA: www.guriaindia.org
www.frontlinedefenders.net/node/2433

This was shot a few days ago in the garden of my office in Varanasi (Benaras).

The Stubborn Hope

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by designldg

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. 
You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
(Anne Lamott – American author, 1954)

This was shot in the little yard which is at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Manju joined those girls for a few pictures around a well water pump.
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.

Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

A few days ago they were nominated for the 2010 Front Line Award, an international foundation for the protection of Human Rights defenders. 

Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.
In this file there are many happy faces belonging to amazing children who have hope for a better future.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website,www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

Guria means doll in Hindi and those happy girls are like dolls and I would like to thank all of you with their smiles for commenting so nicely those pictures, I’ll give them all your kind messages in a few days.