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A Hero for Hope

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

(Christopher Reeve - American Actor, Film Director and Activist. 1952-2004)


This was shot in the little classroom at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).

Manju was commenting the artwork done by a few children.

Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.

Guria means doll in Hindi.


Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.

They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,...) in order to carry on their task.

They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.


A few days ago they were nominated for the 2010 Front Line Award, an international foundation for the protection of Human Rights defenders.


Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

In this file there are many happy faces belonging to amazing children who have hope for a better future.


There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website, and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at

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Taken on April 30, 2010