150 x 150 cm
oil on canvas
and her baby brother are part of a nomadic tribe called Banjara. Their
families go wherever they can find work, such as road building. Often
the whole family work as labourers. This community is being supported by
BBA to access government funding for education and housing, bypassing
the corruption that prevents many villagers from obtaining the education
that they are legally entitled to.
I arrive a group of around 10 children are being taught in ‘school’
– a makeshift canopy with a blackboard. Even though they are not
expecting visitors, the little girls are striking in their elaborate
colourful dresses, while their mothers have added ornate jewellery and
bangles to arms, legs and neck.
children are the first generation of their community to have any
education at all. Without education they are destined to remain among
the poorest and least respected people in India.