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Recovering a Stolen Childhood

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

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“In school whatever you’re taught about being Mother Teresa isn’t true.
In real life you get castigated.”
(Ajeet Singh – Founder and director of Guria)

 

Last night Indian TV was showing a documentary (CNN-IBN & CNBC) concerning Ajeet Singh and Guria.
Please take the time to watch this video which is a part of it

and to read the interview at www.siasat.com/english/news/ajeet-fights-against-female-t…

Guria is a Human Rights organisation settle in Varanasi (Benaras) and 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 are modern heroes and they give a meaning to all the things I do as I support their action through my work.
Talking about them gives a recognition and provides security to the children and to everyone involved there.
Share the word in order that they keep the protection necessary to continue their lawful human rights work in safety and free from intimidation and harassment.

 

This is a portrait of a little girl who stays at Guria.
Each time I go to this place I take several pictures of the children and recently I realized that on the last pictures they look younger than last year, as if they got their stolen childhood back…

More pictures of GURIA at https://designldg.wordpress.com/category/6-human-rights-activism/guria-children-of-hope/

 

 

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Peace, Harmony and Happiness

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by designldg

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This picture was shot a few days ago along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) where this young devotee came to worship in front of the little Vishnu temple which is under Nepali ghat.
It is a simple image in order to start 2011 and to wish you all peace, harmony and happiness.
This is also an opportunity to thank everyone there for your constant support.
Your words, mails and comments give me a true energy to carry on my work, to wake up sometimes before sunrise and go to the river, to walk in the city under the unbearable heat of summers or during those endless monsoons of the rainy seasons.
Sometimes I do crazy things for a picture but I know that someone might enjoy this.
It is always a pleasure to read you even if I don’t answer back often, mostly because of the “very bad” internet connection that I have to face here in Varanasi and those long power cuts that I am dealing with.

(This is a private message for my close friends and family whom I can’t reach now as internet is not working, here it is 2:30 am, it is still “last year” for many of you.
It is raining heavily since this evening, a cold rain coming from the Himalayas reminding many new year’s eves of my past and my thoughts are with you, I wish you could all be there in this wild, fascinating and amazing place…!!!)

Once again, thank you for being there.
LOVE to everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR…!!!

The Art of Teaching

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The Art of Teaching

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet. 1883-1931)

This large class of 106 Bramhans pupils was standing at Vijayanagaram ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Two young ladies were giving them a lesson in Sanskrit it was before sunset.
Obviously they knew the art of teaching as everyone seemed to be deeply concentrated.
Since sunrise those teachers kept on walking from a child to another giving the same attention to everyone in this open space which has no chair, no desk, no window, no blackboard and which is next Harishchandra ghat, the second burning ghat of the city from where they could see the smoke provided by the unceasing activity of the cremations.
It is obvious that those teachers must have a vocation for what they are doing.
Like many others teachers in India they give a demonstration that the quality of education is not necessarily associated to some comfortable surroundings.
This might be something to meditate for many… ;))