THE JOY OF CHILDHOOD – THE CLASS LEVELER

A child can make a toy out of anything. Be it the leftovers from the garbage dump or highly sophisticated gazettes that cost a fortune, the attention is immaculate.

Anywhere can be the playground of a child – a leveller, free of class discrimination.

These photographs are artistic expression of collective effort of a group of one of the most marginalized social formations – children of sex workers.

Taken at Gudia centre for sex workers’ children at the red-light area (still) of Shivdaspur locality in Varanasi, these photographs convey this feeling. Untrained children here have created model of a water theme park from waste material after their visit to the water park on the outskirts of the city.

And the seniors at the Gudia centre say the model is a matching model replica of the water park capturing elements in detail. Such a good work in only possible when it is done with pure joy at heart.

Gudia is a not-for-profit working against human trafficking for forced prostitution.

Gudia Children Water Park 1
Gudia Children Water Park 3
Gudia Children Water Park 2
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

GIVE THEM A GENUINE REASON TO SMILE

For some, the horizon looks perpetually lost. 
 
They do not want to know what is life. 
They could never realize what living is meant to be.
 
Their existence was killed the day they came to exist in this world.
 
Make a day for them. 
Give them a genuine reason to smile. 
 
Give them a hope that at least could sustain for a day. 
Give them the chance to claim the life the way we claim.
 
Fight for them. 
They need you. They need me. They need us.
….FOR CHILDREN OF SEX WORKERS….
Sex workers' Children at Gudia Centre, Shivdaspur, Varanasi
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/