A few weeks ago I was asked to document Project Why, an NGO in New Delhi that provides after school care to underprivileged children. Most children come from poor families, live in slums and go to schools where they are beaten and quality of education is very low. Project Why provides a loving, warm environment in which children can thrive and feel safe. Many kids who have been part of the program end up working at the centres themselves, others are able to go to university or join the army afterwards.
Besides after school programs, Project Why offers vocational courses to adults and runs a day school for mentally disabled children.
Whenever I photograph children who live under completely different circumstances than my own kids, I am struck by the similarities they have. All are curious, want to learn, talk and be loved. All have dreams and talents, different personalities and a need for a safe environment in which they can be themselves and thrive. Project Why reaches out in a caring way and is able to make a substantial difference.
I was really touching to see how these kind of initiatives go a long way. If you would like to support Project Why, please check out their website.