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A day on the streets of Mumbai with the children who live there!

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Hola!!

I'm so happy to be writing about something like this! It makes me happy and sad at the same time to witness such vulnerable condition of the children living on the streets. It was a great feeling to meet and spend some time with such great and innocent souls. One fine day, while shooting for the blog I encountered some of the huts on the street where I spotted these munchkins staring and thinking of what I was up to, made me approach them and chit chat.

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At first, I wasn't even sure if they will interact or get scared or simply run away but to my surprise, they were the sweetest. I met siblings aged between 4-6 years and they were having a beautiful Sunday playing with an empty plastic water bottle and having so much more fun than what nowadays kids get while they play on their I pads. It was an emotional yet beautiful feeling of joy to see them so satisfied with their lives. Though they had no idea whether they'll be getting a meal for the day or will get water to shower or any basic necessity as such. Yet they were happy and enjoyed the moment. When I waved to them they were shy and not so sure about waving back but one of those gave a smile! and that made my day. We had a little interaction where I could shake hands, gave them some cookies, and sat with them clicked some photos. I shared my flowers with them. They were really excited to pose in front of the camera and how beautiful their smiles were!

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Nude to berries

Nude to berries

You must be thinking whats the point I want to prove by stating all of the above? well! I want to request all you privileged people out their to help these poor souls. They deserve so much better in their lives. They deserve the education, toys, chocolates, and everything else that we got as kids and that our children get from us. Cant we just help them and give them little joy of happiness? I'm not asking you to buy branded clothes for them but you can always donate the stuff that's good in condition and you no more use it, don't throw them or exchange it for better things such as clothes/vessels. Buy packs of biscuits and give them trust me they love having stuff like that and who doesn't love chocolate? its just they don't have a choice to get some.

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Do not give money to kids, I repeat Do not hand over cash to them unless you spot their parents along and wish to pay for their clothes, uniforms or any other education-related issues.

What if you have nothing to give or donate?? You can always give them a hug and a smile!! They'll be more than happy. I've decided to spend at least a day or two in a month with such kids on street and spread happiness. Let me know what do you think about it and how would you contribute to their better life.

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PC - Sushant Bhagwat and Nivedita Lomte

Hope all of the above-made sense! Thank you for stopping by, Keep visiting.

Much love,
Afreen :)

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