ABAC students taking shoes to children in India
By Marcus Grant
Shoes are a common commodity for many of America’s children in both rural and city areas. In our present society, most children own multiple pairs of shoes in different styles for different occasions. This isn’t the case for children of Pragpur Village, located in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountain region of India.
In March, a trio of ABAC affiliates, which include Professor Tom Grant and students Devin Gibbs and myself, Marcus Grant, will be traveling to Pragpur; upon arrival, we will be greeted by India native and professional photographer D.K. Bhaskar. Bhaskar grew up in India without shoes. As a child he was a recipient of a national award in which he had to borrow shoes for the ceremony.
Bhaskar now oversees CLIC Abroad, a non-profit organization that gives American students the opportunity to travel to rural areas of India, teaching children to use digital photography. The workshops conducted with CLIC Abroad encourage positive and productive cultural understanding through the powerful medium of photography.
CLIC Abroad is media organization for India. Throughout the workshop, children use photography skills and envision their village through digital images. A majority of the children participating will be doing so without a reliable pair of shoes.
As the workshop comes to a close, Bhaskar has a vision that he’d like to make a reality; Bhaskar would like to hand distribute locally made shoes for the children of the village. Along with a pair of shoes, CLIC Abroad will include socks, as well.The shoes will be purchased and distributed in the Kangra Valley region.
A $12 donation is all it will take to make a walking difference for a child of India. As an added incentive for this sole movement, the project will build economic relationships and reduce the challenge of shipping from the United States.
Make a difference in the life of an unprivileged child and embrace this opportunity to help. If you’re interested in contributing, you’re encouraged to speak with students Devin Gibbs and/or me, Marcus Grant. You’re also encouraged to speak with professor Tom Grant, whose office is located on the third floor of the Branch Student Center.