A team of us headed out to Mumbai, India to volunteer for a charity called Vision Rescue.
Mumbai is a city of nearly 14,000,000 people, a staggering 300,000 of those street children and approximately 60% of the cities population, lives below the poverty line.
Unfortunately in India, there is a caste system which is basically a social system that seperates certain people from society dependant on profession, wealth and family name which means that the majority are brought up to believe they are worthless, have no value and deserve to live in disgusting conditions.
Vision Rescue sends school buses out 5 days a week to feed, educate and show the children throughout the city caught in the grip of poverty that they have love and value, don’t have to be labeled based on their parents social and economic status and that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be.
It’s absolutely criminal in 2011 that this level of injustice is allowed to carry on. Some of the conditions these beautiful people have to live in would be more at home in the 17th century. And we need to stand up and stand alongside these people.
It costs £20 a month to feed, educate and provide healthcare to one child, the price of sacrificing a few visits to Starbucks a month.
If these images have any sort of impact on you and you’d like to make a difference, please visit the Vision Rescue website and sponsor a child. If we all stepped out and contributed in the life of the 1 we would go a long way to eradicating poverty.