This Week in Photos…

_Boy with Saw Blade–An extremely poor child from a hard-working family takes a break for chapatti–

_Pigs in Street

_Brick Women–Women transferring a load of bricks en route to a construction site–

_Brick Woman

_Working Men–Men taking a work break from their labor in a poorly-ventilated automobile part factory–

_Indian Sunset–A sunset is hardly visible on the horizon through the pollution–

_Dirty Park–A man comes out of a landfill/restroom/playground–

_Eye Reflection–My reflection in the eyes of a little girl–

_Slum Boy–A father asks for a picture to be taken of his son–

IMG_1897–Daulati suffering in a rickshaw on her way to find me–

_Daulati–Daulati after a trip to the hospital and modifying her medications–

_Daulati 2–Daulati after some new medication and better eating regimen–

_Daulati Dusk

_Daulati Dusk 2–Daulati and her family cook dinner as we bring them a week’s worth of fresh vegetables–

_Looking Over Daulati–Daulati’s neighbors look over–

_Himansu–Himansu and his mother attend a meeting about how we intend to help–

_Mother's Meeting 2

_John at Mother's Meeting

_Mother's Meeting

_Rajpath Delhi Balloons–A balloon salesman crosses Rajpath in New Delhi…with the President of India’s home in the background–

_Motorcycle Salesman–A motorcycle salesman tries to sell his goods in the slum–

_Kajal in Store–Kajal, our student, stands in her family’s small store they made in the slum–

_Sadna in Bucket–Sadna, one of our newest students, bathes in a bucket–

_Near Eco School–Visiting Khushboo’s home–

_Raj Nandani and Sonal–Visiting Sonal’s home–

Sponsors, Meet Your Students…

…Attention Sponsors! You should have received an email in the past 24 hours with instructions on how to schedule a video conference with your student. If you have not received this email, please let us know as soon as possible at

I will be offering this unique opportunity as a token of our gratitude through March 31st. If you are not able to schedule a time, don’t worry. I’m hard at work compiling all sorts of media to upload for you when I get home.

None of this would be possible without you. Thank you so much for your generosity and love.

_Facetime in an Alley–Video conferencing in January (Thanks for the photos Caitlin Rulien!)–

_Facetime with Mithlesh and Friends

Top Shots: Day-to-Day Life…

…Over the past three weeks, we’ve registered and vetted more than 150 children and their families, visited and evaluated 13 local schools, conducted a half dozen women empowerment seminars, organized and enabled an upcoming surgery for Prianka, prepared our students for their first final exams, and tried to win a $5,000 voting competition at (which we are unfortunately currently losing by about 400 votes…please help!).

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the past few days:

_Salutes at Government School–Students at a government school salute me upon entry to their classroom

_Sister Jaya Mary in Hallway–Sister Jaya Mary gives me a tour of St. Joseph’s Convent School’s new wing for 11th and 12th standards

_In line for KG–Kindergarten students at the Carmel Convent School line up for morning assembly

JCS_8410–A little boy shows us his ability to write the alphabet and numbers 1-10

JCS_8253–Mira, Bethea, and Faith register, evaluate, and photograph applicants

JCS_8181–Smoke from constantly burning rubbish engulfs the slum (It’s good for the lungs!)

_Ankit in Ajeets Home–Ankit ensures that I take a moment of rest and enjoy a cold soda that Ajeet’s family bought me

_Chalk Flying–Instructions are written in Hindi with chalk on a wooden door in the slum. We rely on scattered literate parents to convey these messages by word of mouth. We can reach about 60% of the slum’s residents in 24 hours this way.

_Mother Reading List–A mother looks for her son’s name on a newly posted list of accepted students. He wasn’t on the list.

_Annoucing List–A local social worker, Ranjan, reads a list of selected children to a group of illiterate mothers and grandmothers.

_Able Charity School Reading List–A slum school teacher announces the same list

_Priti–Priti unfortunately had to be left behind

_Kanchan with Mom–Kanchan’s mother has had trouble sleeping all week waiting for our final decisions. Fortunately for her, Kanchan was accepted!

_Mom with Polio–Himanshu entering the Carmel Convent School for the first time with his mother, Sunita, who suffers from the effects of polio

_Mothers Waiting–Mothers and their children listen intently to instructions from Mamta and the Sisters

_Arti Evaluated by Sister Pushpa–Arti, who now has a glass eye after suffering from eye cancer, is evaluated by Sister Pushpa

_Announcing Plans–Mothers and children listen to plans and expectations

_Tailoring–Tailors measuring the last of our 86 Carmel Convent School students

_Sindu Cooking–Sindu, age 9, cooking a meal for her family

_Sindu Close Up–Sindu on her way home after a final exam

_Bucket Shower–A boy bathing under cold water from a bucket

_Ajeet Cricket–Ajeet has never taken cricket lessons…but look at his eye-hand coordination!

_Girls Graduation–Girls attend their “Farewell,” the equivalent of our graduation, at a large government school

_Microphone–A microphone and hundreds of young women await one of my speeches about the importance of higher and vocational education

_Frog Race–Students take part in a frog race on a school holiday

_Akanksha–Akanksha, our student being promoted to upper kindergarten this year, enjoying a game with her friends

photo (11)–Prianka had a large abscess drained from her face this week. She is being treated with antibiotics. She will go home while her treatment continues and return to Delhi in 4 weeks for another surgery to remove residual tumor shown on a recent CT scan. Thanks Mom and Dad for funding Prianka’s care!

_John with Sisters–Me with Sisters Jennifer and Jaya Mary

We’re working hard here…very hard. Please don’t forget to vote at and have your friends and family vote too. If each person reading this blog voted, we would win!

More good news: If your fingers are tired like mine from typing, worry no more. This blog can now be accessed by simply visiting!

$5000 On The Line…

…I make it a point to rarely ask for donations, to avoid spamming you with requests, and to never exaggerate our level of need. However, a truly unique opportunity is upon us. Our work over the past year here in India has resulted in my nomination and selection as a finalist for the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Award.

Although I am very honored to be considered for the award, I am most interested in the $5,000 Squalor to Scholar will receive if I win. This $5,000 will put as many as 20 new students through school for their entire first year. Sponsors will then fund their continued education through college and into their professional careers thereafter.

Please take 10 seconds to visit and vote for me. Even if we get 5,000 votes, your 10 seconds will be worth a dollar! That’s an entire day worth of work to many of the people here!

_Indu Praying

Don’t do it for me, do it for Indu…

_Prianka Praying

…and Prianka…


…and Sonu…

_Komal Praying

…and Komal

JCS_7759…and the thousands of children still awaiting our help!

You can vote once every 7 days until 7am New York time on March 15. Please vote as many times as possible and share the link with your friends, family, and colleagues. The competition is already proving tough. However, if our students can climb from the slums to the top of their elite classes in a year, we can win an online voting competition. Put your thinking caps on and let the games begin!

On behalf of the 20 children who might just get the chance to go to school because of your votes, THANK YOU. Here’s the link again: