Handmade hopes

I paid a visit to a brick making factory in the outskirts of Gurgaon the other day and boy, was that a visit that left a hole in my heart….I met this 16 year “old” girl who told me her age after a lot of hesitation….you see, dear reader they have got to be 18 to work and get fully paid so I guess she was 18 to everybody else. She told me that they get 500 rupees for a 1000 handmade bricks !! so the family was working together to make as many bricks as possible in a day…

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bricks bricks and more bricks drying in the scorching sun

the mould for the bricks

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digging out the clay…water and sand….

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16 years young and with no other hope than to make a 1000 bricks so they get their 500 rupees

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it sure was nice to see that they got a little giggly when I took their pictures since this was a first for them…

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the dad on the other hand didn’t want to smile at all because he was nervous that me being there would get them in trouble….

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necessity is the mother of all inventions…if you don’t have the money to pay for electricity for your radio there’s always the sun….wish more of us would be innovative !

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this visit into reality shook my world…I have never met so many children with eye infections and in bad shape in general, and I have never met a 16 year old that only had handmade hopes, even though thousands of them, that only meant food for the day.

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