(Updated: August 4, 2012)
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In this section I will regularly publish images and information about the three children’s future education.
I intend to portray their lives towards the publication of an extensive book, and possibly a documentary.
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Poonam, 8, her sister Jyoti, 9, and their brother Ravi, 10, (in 2011) are now enrolled in Year 2, a little late for their age, in a cozy private school five minutes walking distance from their newly built home, and where the head-teachers are a stern, intelligent and dedicated couple.
After completing Year 5 in the very same school – which should happen by April 2015 - Neelam and I will consider whether it could be positive for them to enter a more challenging institution.
This will depend on their marks, and on whether the children will continue studying with commitment, and learning with passion. I hope you will enjoy exploring Poonam’s world with me.
Requests for involvement, sponsorship offers, donations of any kind, as well as opinions and suggestions, will be met with genuine gratitude and commitment.
Write me if you wish to find out more.
Poonam Jatev is a lively 8-year-old girl from Bhopal, India. Born ‘unlucky’, with a tiny sixth toe on each foot, her father superstitiously believed she brought misfortune upon the entire family. She desires to become a teacher, like the ones who practice in her new school.
With a sweet cheeky smile and sometimes mischievous attitude, her wide shiny eyes reveal hope and trust for the future.
I was gifted with the extraordinary chance of helping one of my subjects directly, but Poonam’s fairytale is far from over.
Visit after visit, I wish to witness her blossoming into a teenager, an emancipated woman, and later into a loving wife and mother, while also photographing the growth and improvements of her family as a whole.