For almost all of this past February, I was traveling across the country in India for a US-based nonprofit called Homes of Hope India. Some of you may recognize that name; I photographed for them last year, as well. They financially support and help construct schools and orphanages for young girls who are
especially vulnerable or in need because they come from extremely poor villages or are affected by HIV in some way (whether they have it themselves or have lost family members to it and are shunned by society through something they were born with).
I started off in Mumbai and traveled to villages in nearby mountain regions; then I flew across the country to Hyderabad and went to locations five hours from there. Next, I flew up to Kolkata in the northeast part of the country and took an 18-hour overnight train ride to a remote area that has no local airports. After that, I ended the trip in the northeast region of Manipur where I went to three different locations in nearby towns. Most of my days included a lot of travel. It was an aggressive trip with not much downtime. I met a lot of amazing people and was welcomed into the homes of so many who go through things that I will never fully grasp. It was extremely humbling and unbelievably rewarding.
These are photos from all those different regions I went to. I hope you are as moved by them as I was when I was photographing them. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the different cultures I encountered, always feel free to ask. I am happy to talk about my travels in India; always.
And if you'd like to learn about the nonprofit that does such life-changing work, go to this link: www.homeofhopeindia.org.
Thank you for your interest and for following along!!
Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.