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Floating dreams

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by designldg

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“Guria’s floating school on the Mansarovar Ghat in Varanasi is popular among children at the ghats.
The school—a 250-square-foot- boat—has been rented for 06,000 a month.
It has 70 students on the rolls, mostly children from the boatmen community.
Singh hopes the school is successful in minimising the vulnerability of these hapless children to abuses.
The school runs for two hours from 5 p.m.
It has a computer, a television, a DVD player and a small library.
A solar panel ensures smooth supply of electricity.

“Earlier these children would not study and loiter with firangis (foreign tourists). Some of them begged, shaming our city. Thanks to this school, they utilise their time in studying now,” says Shanker Manjhi, the owner of the boat.

The students are given snacks after school—an incentive to ensure the children are regular.
“Every day I wait for evening to come here. Unlike other schools, the teacher does not beat you nor do they get angry if I ask questions many times. Once the classes are over, I wait for my candy, ” says young Vaishali.

Pawan Kumar Yadav, who teaches at the school, says, “We give them non-formal primary schooling here, so they can read and write. But our long-term aim is to make them on par with students in mainstream schools.”

(The Week – December 18, 2012)
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This is a new school made by Guria on a boat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), it welcomes children from the ghats and allows them to have a good school level in order to maintain their schooling and to avoid ending up begging or being involved with prostitution and childlabor.

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Man of the year 2011

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by designldg

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“My greatest strength has been my stoicism.
I do not want to sound like a pedantic.
The day you realise you are just a speck of dust, you rise above the feeling of winning and losing.
This realisation comes through an inward journey and it requires ample courage.
It is not something you can get in a departmental store.”
(Ajeet Singh – Indian Human Right activist)

Today “THE WEEK”, the largest selling English newsmagazine in India, selected Ajeet Singh to be “Man of the year 2011”.

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Congratulations to my friends Ajeet and to his wife Manju.
Those congratulations have to be shared with the whole Guria family and with everyone who supported this non-profit organisation through many ways…
The fight against human trafficking and prostituion is not over, together we can change…!!!
This is GURIA’s website, www.guriaindia.org

Please read the interviews and the website and be aware of the story behind all this, Ajeet Singh is a true modern hero.

This picture was shot a few weeks ago when Ajeet came for the first time to Paris during a short trip In Europe.
It was early in the morning in front of “le Château de Versailles” (Palace of Versailles) a few hours before going back to India.
Ajeet was happy, there was a smile on his face but there is a bigger one in his heart…

No Child Labor

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by designldg

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“Rights of the children are not questionable.
Child labor is not negotiable.
Child labor is the worst form of modern slavery.
Whatever excuse people may have, employing kids full-time is child labor.”

 

Recently I saw those words on a wall in Sarnath, at the entrance of of the place where His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving his teachings.
This is the reason why it is also writen in Tibetan.

 

Yesterday was “World Day Against Child Labour”.
Around 115 million boys and girls under the age of 18 are involved in hazardous child labour.
Making a change is possible.
In India both employers and trade unions are actively involved in the fight against child labour, especially when it comes to keeping children out of hazardous work.

 

There shouldn’t be only one “World Day Against Child Labour”, we should think about this everyday…
Anyone who sees or knows a case of childlabor and doesn’t interfere becomes a sinner of complicity.
This year you are more than one million viewers to have visited my websites on Facebook, Flickr, WordPress and Ipernity, I am humbly asking you to think about this madness.
There is a child in each of us, it is easy to remember that once we were children as well…
We need to work together.
A child must be in school only and we need to educate the mothers as well.
Child labor is really not negotiable.

 

(As I wrote many times this file with pictures standing against Human Rights Violations and Human trafficking gets many comments and mails from people who don’t understand why I am raising my voice for this purpose.
The reason is that I should not have to justify those pictures nor my words as child labor is absolutly wrong and besides I truly think that there is no deal nor concession to make with providers or users of child labor.
Uploading those pictures is not a lack of respect to India nor to its traditions, the rest of my photostream shows my respect and true love for the country.
Of course I understand that this can be disturbing for those who are so used to have children working for them or to those for whom this is such a common thing that it became normal to see this without feeling anything wrong about it.)

 

Give a second thought about this…

 

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Stolen Childhood

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

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A few days ago I saw this little boy at the vegetable market which is at the end of Dasaswamedh road in Varanasi (Benaras).
He was selling green beans sitting on a wooden cart for several hours.

Child labor in India is a human right issue for the whole world.
According to the statistics given by Indian government there are 20 million child laborers in the country, while other agencies claim that it is 50 million.
The Indian government has tried to take some steps to alleviate the problem of child labor in recent years by invoking a law that makes the employment of children below 14 illegal, except in family owned enterprises.
However this law is rarely adhered to due to practical difficulties.
People using children usually find loopholes and circumvent the law by declaring that the child laborer is a distant family member.
In villages there is no law implementing mechanism, and any punitive actions for commercial enterprises violating these laws is almost non existent.

Anyone who sees or knows a case of childlabor and doesn’t interfere becomes a sinner of complicity…

 

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).

Disgraceful Lemons

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2010 by designldg

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“This World Day against Child Labour comes at a critical juncture in the global campaign against child labour and the goal of ending its worst forms by 2016. …
We must accelerate action to reach this goal.”
(Juan Somavia – Director-General of the International Labour Organization)
Message for World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2010

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This picture was shot a few days ago in front of a five star Hotel in Varanasi (Benaras), it was one of the hotest day of the year.
Those two very young children were selling lemons, there was no adult with them, I saw many buyers coming and bargaining as there was no difficulty to negociate with those kids.
As a matter of fact it was the only concern of all those adults who were standing there.
None of them reacted, people were even wondering why I was taking pictures.

In the “biggest democracy in the world”, child labor is a crime like it is in any other country.
Whowever the exploitation of young children for labor is an accepted practice in Northern India.

Since I started to upload this file with pictures standing against Human Rights Violations and Human trafficking on several of my websites I get many comments and mails from people who don’t understand why I am raising my voice for this purpose.

The reason is that I should not have to justify those pictures nor my words as child labor is absolutly wrong and besides I truly think that there is no deal nor concession to make with providers or users of child labor.

Uploading those pictures is not a lack of respect to India nor to its traditions, the rest of my photostream shows my respect and true love for the country.

Of course I understand that this can be disturbing for those who are so used to have children working for them or to those for whom this is such a common thing that it became normal to see this without feeling anything wrong about it.

I don’t agree with those who say that we can’t change this.
I don’t agree with those who say that it’s not of my concern and that this is the job of politics.
I don’t agree with those who are sorry for the condition of the pets on the pictures but don’t feel anything towards the children.
I don’t agree with those who say that it is a helpless cause.
I don’t agree with those who say that it is a consequence of poverty and that charity is useless.

This situation must stop, first people have to understand it is wrong, then if everyone stop using children they will have no other choice than to go to school.
Everyone knows that families who are ailing with poverty perceive their children as an income generating resource to supplement the family income and they also say that they can’t afford education so we all have to work on this and find answers which can satisfy the parents as well.

Today the Indian parliament has passed a bill to provide universal, free and compulsory education for all children so it is our duty to make this work.
It is our duty to interfere otherwise we all become sinners of complicity…

I am living and working in India since a long time, therefore I have the right to stand for those kids in order that we can all live in a better society without being ashamed of any situation that we have allowed to happen.

How could people forget the meaning of LOVE & COMPASSION…

In a Shroud of Disgrace

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2010 by designldg

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This picture was shot Monday the 31st of May 2010, around 1pm in Varanasi (Benaras), one of the hotest day of the year and at lunch time which is the hotest moment.
Among a few workers two children were removing rocks and sand from the street in order to carry all this into a well known hospital of the city, .
Those children were not much taller than the dunkies and poneys with them and they must not be more than 10 years old.
They kept on doing this work all day till 4:30.
Anyone could see what was going on in the street and inside the new wing of the building.
Any doctor, patient or visitor but also any officer coming to take their car from the police parking which is located in front of all that.
None of them reacted, nor didn’t all those car drivers who were shouting at the kids to go faster.
It seems that everyone accepted this situation or even worst, that nobody cares.

In the “biggest democracy in the world”, child labor is a crime like it is in any other country.
Whowever the exploitation of young children for labor is an accepted practice in Northern India.

I often try to explain that it is wrong and that our duty is to make sure that children are going to school.
But families who are ailing with poverty perceive their children as an income generating resource to supplement the family income and they also say that they can’t afford education.
Those who employ those kids say that it’s for the best because they could get worst from others and that if they refused to give them a job others will do it.
However the situation of child laborers in India is desperate.
Children work for eight hours at a stretch with only a small break for frugal meals and most of them are ill nourished.
They also cannot go home and sleep at their work place, which is very bad for their health and development.
Therefore Parents sacrifice their children’s education to the growing needs of their younger siblings in such families and view them as wage earners for the entire clan.

Child labor in India is a human right issue for the whole world and it is not possible to listen all that.
They are no deal nor concession to do with providers and users of child labor.

Personnally and through my company in India I am sending several children to school, providing them an education which might allow them to have a better future.
It seems to be a duty to do this and there is nothing special about it.
However it is a sin to see a child being exploited and not to react.
I am asking all my friends in India to think about this, most of us are mothers or fathers, all of us can easily remember our own childhood, we can’t accept this anymore.
Of course we can’t help the whole world but if each of us help one child we can do a lot.
Send children to school, this is where they belong only.

According to the statistics given by Indian government there are 20 million child laborers in the country, while other agencies claim that it is 50 million.