Stunning portraits taken in the slums and rural tribal areas of Gujurat, a state in India north of Mumbai.
These photos are part of a documentary project for Child Reach UK and will be used for marketing and fundraising projects in India and the UK. Assistance comes in the form of education and advocacy.
Despite the horrible living conditions, the majority of the children in these areas seem to be surprisingly full of life.
Recess time in the playground
The Centre for Development, with the aid of Childreach International provides funding and access to advocacy and education in the slums.
The Kite runner
A young boy takes time to fly a kite while his classmates study in cramped quarters below.
(left) Children in the slums face seemingly insurmountable conditions. (right) With no television, Playstation, or computer handy, children in the slums become masters of improvisation.
Enrolled in class, little Riddhi is already beating the odds. We met her on the way to class...holding her tablet like a shield.
A child laborer hand-rolls incense sticks.
The glass peddlers
Young children work long hours hauling scraps near the ship breaking yards outside of Bhavnagar, Gujurat.
Children as young as six work hauling bags of plaster near the shipyards. With corruption rife in the rural areas, child labor laws are difficult to enforce.
Amongst horrendous squalor and the ever present danger of hopelessness, faith abounds.