India’s Beautiful Children

India 2013

By Leon Kaye

February 24, 2013

Also published at GreenGoPost

I have been in India for a week now, and the trip with the International Reporting Project is winding down. Having been all over Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Balkans--not to mention my home, the San Joaquin Valley--I have seen poverty. But the poverty I have witness here has struck me; it is one thing to read about it and see it in film or video--but it is another to experience it when you actually travel to that place.

At the same time, it has been inspiring to meet the doctorsbusiness leaders, volunteers andactivists who are making a difference in the lives of those who have been brushed aside and forgotten. And you appreciate these people’s sacrifice when you look into the eyes of the children for whom they are working. Many of the children we encountered were just like children in our hometowns and abroad: they are happy with what they’ve got, they are just as mischievous as anyone else, and they want to play, be protected and enjoy the companionship of others. Oh, and they like to have a little PSY-inspired fun, too.

Here are some pictures of kids from the past week, from M Ward in Mumbai and nearby Bhiwandi. It has been humbling being around them; at the same time, I really understand why India has become a hub of innovation: its people have to do amazing things with few resources. As anywhere, a society’s future lies in its children, and these kids deserve even more good work than what is underway now.

Just being human in M Ward, Feb 18

Sweltering afternoon, M Ward, February 18

Sadly, I don't have as many pictures of girls--they tended to observe from far away.

Bhiwandi, February 19

A few pals in M Ward, February 18

Hamming it up in M Ward, Feb 18

Bhiwandi, outside of Mumbai

Leon Kaye is exploring children’s health issues in India February 18-27 with the International Reporting Project. Based in Fresno, California, he is a sustainability consultant and the editor of, where this story was originally published. Leon also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business; his work has also appeared on Sustainable BrandsInhabitat and Earth911. You can follow Leon and ask him questions on Twitter or Instagram (greengopost).