Giles and Nicole are currently travelling through Southern India and share with us some more of their experiences with Bluey. The Portrait Equality project has given them another way to give back to families involved in the after-school program that brought them to India in the first place. They share with us:
When we took the children to the park, we had promised Sapora and Surya that we would come and visit them at home to take some more pictures with the rest of their family. Initially we had promised to come by at 7:30pm that evening, but with all the other children trying to pull us in different directions, we made it back home too late. We decided to just visit the following day, but to our surprise we heard a little voice coming outside from the street. We looked out the window to see Surya! Giles went downstairs to speak with him, apologised and told him we would visit tomorrow instead.
Although we had changed plans, we were unable to contact them to advise this. We felt a little ashamed for not showing up as promised, but at the same time you also cannot go around knocking on doors late at night in the village.
The following day when we arrived to the house, their little faces lit up with bright eyes and beautiful smiles. They took us by the hand and lead us into their living room which would have only been 3×3 meters if that. There was a little wardrobe, a TV, a bike off to one side and, opposite the entrance, a doorway into the kitchen which was no bigger than the first room. The children introduced us to their mother Lakshmi, laid out a mat for us to sit on and offered us coffee. The moment we arrived Lakshmi started to prepare food for us.
We explained that we would like to take some Instax images as gifts for their family as the children had been such fantastic students during Giles’ classes at 40K Plus Pod.