Global Family Village, Nepal

Child with flowers“I slept and dreamt that life was joy,

I awoke and saw that life was service,

I acted and behold, service was joy.”  – Tagore

Global Family Village is a Bay Area nonprofit that aims to show that orphans can grow up as a family, feel loved and cared for and; part of their community. It’s a new idea and one that will only work if the local community is involved.

GFV 2I spent 10 days in late February and early March staying in Bungamati, Nepal with seven children living together in a home for orphans. I photographed the children and their relationships with each other and people in the community.

The children found their way to their home through a series of difficult experiences. Some of them were abandoned and left with relatives too poor to feed them. One child was starving when he was brought in. Two of the children were abandoned by their father and watched their mother commit suicide.

But now their lives are looking up through the agency of Global Family Village (globalfamilyvillage.org) and the participation of the Cooperative Society of Bungamati. I’m working on a youtube video that will tell about it. In the meantime here are photos of some of the children. As you can see, they are doing well! [View Video]
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