Dream: Children of Calcutta

“In my next life, I would like to be a butterfly.” So begins this simple video montage depicting the paintings and dreams of young students at two informal schools in India run by the non-governmental organization Calcutta Rescue. Calcutta Rescue provides free education to nearly 300 slum children in that city and here, the impetus behind the lush series of water-color paintings on display is voiced by the artists themselves. “I imagined standing by a river like this. I have never seen a river, but I have seen pictures,” says one. And another: “I live on the street with my parents, brother and one sister. I would like to have a big house so that we can all live there.”

 
Learn more about Calcutta Rescue, which operates the two informal schools shown in this video.
Check out Kids with Cameras, another promising initiative that grew out of working with children in Calcutta, and harnesses the power of art to transform the lives of both artist and viewer.
“Every child born,” wrote the poet Tagore, “brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed with man.”  Remember this, and honor the potential in all children.






About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on December 24, 2008, in children, India, orphans, poverty, shelley seale. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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