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India 2019

The Chopstick guys are headed back to India.

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In India:

  • 1 in 6 girls have a chance of not seeing their 15th birthday,
  • The UN has named the country one of the most dangerous places in the world for a girl to grow up,
  • Less than half of the females will have a chance to attend secondary school.
  • Over half of the girls will get married before they are old enough to finish school.
  • There are over 500,000 underaged girls working in the commercial sex trafficking industry.

Focus of a Child will be returning to Kolkata India in January 2019.  Research has found that regardless of culture, social status or economic well being, when children are exposed to the arts they stay in school longer, their communication skills accelerate, and their self worth/value skyrockets.  The list actually goes on with over 100 benefits from exposure to the arts.

Focus of a Child will be bringing the art of photography to a group of Jr High students in Howrah India, a slum area on the outskirts of downtown Kolkata.  Three internationally acclaimed photographers will be teaching students not just the technical side of photography but they will allow the students to discover the true art of photography.  Soon the students will begin to see their world through a new lens. One that will spark creativity, joy and give them a new source of communication.

The Focus of a Child program will include a group of 25 students attending HB school in Howrah that will consist of children, mostly females ranging from 12-15.  This is a true make it or break it time in an Indian child’s life.  Being involved in the arts can be a major catalyst to a child “making it”  These children are at a critical tipping point in their life.  Gaining new skills, self confidence and pride for their family can give them the opportunity to break the family cycle of being a prisoner in the life poverty and dispair.