Children of Delhi


First thing you notice when you land in Delhi is the heat from the airport. Even if outside the temperatures are low, inside the airport you can barely breath. Also, I think New Delhi airport is the first one that I’ve been to that has the floors covered with carpet. I landed at 1am, after a very long flight and a 4 hours stop over in Vienna where I have met my friend Christina for a coffee. From the moment I got off the plane to the moment I actually got out of the airport an hour passed. The immigration process is very slow and Indians don’t seem to be in a hurry to let you inside their country without asking you a mountain of questions first. Sandeep was waiting for me at the airport and by the time we actually got to his house it was already 3am.

I arrived in Delhi a few days before my trip started, with 2 bags full with toys for some poor children. Sandeep found a school principal that was willing to let us go into the slum and give away the toys, books and sweets so we met him on Saturday to discuss the details. His house was pretty impressive, compared to what I have experienced in India so far. He had a lot of people working there for him, from simple servants to cooks, security guards and chauffeurs. He was an old man that was speaking with a lot of wisdom words and proverbs. From what I understood, as he talked half English and half Hindi, he was the owner of a company that was making airplane compasses and he used to be a pilot instructor in his youth. He was taking care of two schools in a slum of Delhi, where he provided children between 3 and 5 years old with school supplies and breakfast every day so that they develop a habit of going to school every day.

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But I never imagined how these schools looked like… I got out of the car in the middle of a muddy road, with no asphalt, surrounded by people staring at me, animals and a lot of dirt. We made our way up to the school following a narrow path between brick constructions (which can’t be called homes). After turning a few corners and getting completely lost, I could hear children’s voices, singing. And then I’ve seen them… about 25 souls crammed inside two 4 square meters rooms, singing a patriotic Indian song. I could barely stop my tears… The news that I was there traveled fast in the slam and suddenly we got surrounded with people and children. I asked who are the hardest working students and I gave them the biggest toys. I could read amazement and curiosity on their faces, it was like some of them were even afraid to smile, maybe thinking that I might take them away. These children are so poor that maybe they have never seen a toy in their entire life.

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I am still thinking about those children and about the fact that most of them don’t have any chance of getting out of the slum…

Later that day we ordered two big pots of rice and went to give it away to the homeless people and children from the area. Again, this was a heart breaking experience because those children were laughing and playing around, they were trying to talk to me. Some of them were fascinated by my camera and couldn’t stop posing. I didn’t feel scared, not even when they literally buried me inside them because they wanted to see the pictures. It was such an amazing experience to meet this wonderful children!

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Traveler. Dreamer. Cat lover. Wondering around the world with my backpack and my camera. Contributing to make the world a better place.


  1. I remember my time in India and I yes, the poverty is a really huge problem there and yes, kids love to pose in front of the camera. I guess it’s kind of entertainment for them 🙂 And source of income as they usually wanted money or chocolate in exchange for pics 🙂

  2. If there are more people like you and Sandeep, then the world could be better for the children in the slums.

    Here in the Philippines, we have the same thing.

    Unfortunately, the people who should be doing something for them are the same people pocketing you know what.

    1. Thank you so much! It was a special moment that I wanted to replicate when I was in Cuba, but unfortunately the airline lost my luggage with the toys and returned it 29 days later, when I was already at home. However, I met a wonderful Cuban that shower me around Havana without asking for nothing in return, then took me to meet his sister and her 2 children. It was such a special moment. Tomorrow a friend of mine is flying to Cuba and she will take back the toys. Hopefully they will arrive safe this time to this person’s nephews, with the help of the tour guide I had in Cuba and to whom I am still in contact. I try to do something for the communities I am visiting, and not just travel. I feel I need to contribute as little as I can to make someone’s life a bit better.

  3. Glad you came up with this write-up. India is definitely dealing with poverty but the ratio is not very high. Considering the nation is among the best economy rates with its high GDP , the poverty is slowly and gradually leaving the stage. Also , the education system , be it a child of a billionaire or slums , we all have the right to education and therefore poverty shall diminish i. India completely one day 🙂 “atithi devo bhava”

    1. I would be very happy to see a different India, with children living a decent life. I did ask about the situation of the children in the slum and I have been told that even if the right to education is free, the parents can’t afford to send them to school because they don’t have money to pay for their transport or the school supplies. Which is so sad…

  4. I very much enjoyed reading this post, I am happy I came across it. I smiled the whole time, ear to ear, looking at the photos you included. It takes a special person to do as you do, and I wish you all the luck on all if your adventures!

  5. The first few sentences made me think of our own airport here in the Philippines. Hahaha. Anyway, I am glad I stumbled upon your blog and see these beautiful children. Makes me wanna jump inside the photo and feed them too! The toys though, it’s so cute! Minions!

  6. Your post is one of those things that restore faith of humanity. You and Sandeep are such a wonderful human beings, as well as those kids. I can feel the atmosphere in the pictures. This post made my day, God bless x

  7. What a beautiful post and such touching pictures. I will share this post so everyone can feel the same as I did – wanting to jump inside the computer and hug those little kids.

  8. This is something we want to do when the children are older. We’ve always said when the babies are old enough we want to go on volunteer holidays. We sponsor a couple of children and have done for a few years now. We speak often of how unfair the world is, and my friends have just got back from working with Vision Rescue in India. They do amazing work in the slums. This post is really close to my heart, and I don’t think we should ever take for granted how much we have just because of where we happened to be born. Thank you for sharing this xxx

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words! I would love to volunteer too but all the companies advertising online ask for a lot of money in return, and that’s not how it’s done. I’ve been to Peru, in Paracas, and someone was asking about volunteering in helping protecting the birds, sea lions, penguins and dolphins in the area and the people there were more than happy to receive them, without asking for anything in return. The work itself was what mattered. I don’t trust the companies that are asking for thousands of pounds to volunteer a week somewhere in Africa. Where do those money go? Not in the communities for sure!

  9. It is one of the heartbreaking things about travel but also a world reality that such poverty exists. So glad that people like you with a generous heart are there to help them, and your pictures bring out such beauty despite the difficulties they face.

    1. It is heartbreaking to see children smiling and being happy, but living in such poverty. It’s a life lesson really, meant to teach us how small our problems really are.

  10. Good cover up, the world needs to know whats happening and people there would need all the help, especially children. Thanks for bringing up the post.

  11. I feel sad now that I never tried to visited a slum, although being in Delhi quite a few times. It is always a great satisfaction when you help those poor children. Your story was a pleasure to read, the pictures were striking. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Truly, from the bottom of my heart… Thank you for this gesture that put a smile on these faces. I do it for street kids in Mumbai, every time I visit the city and get the chance to do so.

  13. Poverty is not the problem throughout the country.Its in the few parts of the country. As you said you felt heat in the airport.I never felt heat in there. Its good to know how well you gave happiness to those children.Hope people staying in Delhi do the same and more things for those children and old people. I never liked Delhi compared to other Metro cities of India. But surely things are changing now .Hope you visited other tourist places in India too 🙂

  14. Looking at photographs like this make me appreciate what I have, but seeing these children so happy and content strike other feelings as well. The photographs are beautiful.

  15. There eyes are beautiful, like I seriously can’t get over their eyes. I hate to know that so many are poverty stricken and the hardships these poor little children face (and the elders). You are an awesome person that was able to put a smile on these faces!

  16. My goodness, what an experience you had. Just reading this story was making me tear up. I don’t think I would be able to actually stand to see this type of thing in person. It bothers me so much when children or animals suffer. Bless you for trying to help, even a little!

  17. What an experience to go visit and be able to give books and gifts to the children less fortunate, thank you for doing that! I love your photos too!
    Bless your heart, and keep up the good work!

  18. What a truly inspirational thing you did. It’s a reminder of how the little things you do make a big difference. This was a lovely read, the children sound as though they have such big hearts, it’s amazing how positive and happy they are under their living circumstances. Thank You so much, very touching.

  19. That’s a really awesome thing you did there! Any cause for children really gets me – especially if it’s basic needs for them- food, toys etc! ????

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