I instantly fell in love with India when I went there for the first time in 2008 for 2.5 months. The smells, textures, sounds, colours and most of all, the people.
Keith Bellows, the National Geographic Society Editor-in-Chief, describes it better;
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”
I was dreaming about going back ever since I left and this time I wanted to give something back to the people. So this September I got the opputunity to go back for 20 days and I filled my suitcase with toys and kids clothing to donate where needed (thank to all who donated!). This is how I came across I-India. I went to Jaipur in Rajasthan to visit their 5 homes and I was really amazed about what a great job this organisation is doing. They provide a safe home for so many children and they are changing lives and bringing hope and positivity into their wold. I-India is a family for so many children. Below are some photos from my visit to I-India. I went there with my mum, dad and baby sis who all lives in Denmark.
I-India operates five homes for street children and their programs provide: residential homes, education, vocational training, medical care, nutrition, emotional support, a crisis helpline, repatriation of children to their families and the promotion of child rights. You can visit their website here and find out about other ways to support them
While being in India I was working on my photographic project ‘Storytellers of India’. I would walk around in the streets with my camera at all times and photographing all the people I met. Okay, maybe not all of them, but a lot:) Most of them didn’t speak any English so I would point at my camera and then at them. They would smile and laugh and nod their head from side to side as a sign of approval. I wish I could go back there and show them this book.
A very big thanks to graphic designer Alessandro Cruz for designing cover and graphics for the book.
All profit from the book and print sale will be donated to I-India to help them support the street childen in Jaipur.