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Street Living in Pondicherry

Published May 3rd, 2013

These images document some of the people who are helped by the KALKI charity in Pondicherry, India.

I travelled to Pondicherry to cover the final funding phase of the KALKI Night Shelter for Street Girls and visit some of the individuals and communities that this amazing organisation helps every day and night on the streets of Pondicherry.

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Telegu

Visalatchi, Kaasi and Prakash belong to the Telegu community, a small group of people originally from Andhra Pradesh who moved to Pondicherry in search of a better future.
The Kalki NGO is at present supporting Visalatchi and Prakash after school, while Kaasi attends regularly Kalki’s crèche program.

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Brother

A child from the "gypsy" community on the outskirts of Pondicherry cradles his younger brother whilst posing for a photograph.

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Home

A young mother holds her infant in the entrance to her makeshift home on the outskirts of Pondicherry, India.

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Pravhin

After his father ran way, Pravhin Kumar lived for a while with his mother on Petit Canal Street in Pondicherry's Black Town.
The mother – who makes a living working as a sex worker – asked Kalki NGO’s support to keep Pravhin away from the dangers of the streets.

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Mother

A mother carries tinder and firewood on her head on her way to the makeshift village on the outskirts of Pondicherry that she calls home.

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Poonami

Poomani joined Kalki NGO’s girls' shelter program 1 year ago. Left alone on the street with no one looking after her, Poomani is now in a safe place and started going to school.

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Yuvaraj

Yuvaraj lives with his mother and father on Nerhu street, one of the busiest streets in Pondicherry. Yuvaraj attends Kalki NGO’s kindergarten regularly.

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Meena

Meena has never been in school. She lives with her mother at the dumping area, where they both make a living collecting and reselling rags and plastic. Meena attends regularly Kalki NGO's "Mobile Library Program" and, since December 2011, she’s part of Kalki’s Program for Girls at Risk.

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Friends

Despite their harsh living conditions in a makeshift village on the outskirts of Pondicherry, India these friends smile as they pose for their photograph.

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