The rooftops of Dharavi

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    The rooftops of an urban Indian slum. (Mumbai, India)

    Home to almost one million people, living in one square mile in Mumbai, India, Dharavi is a slum challenged by immense problems. But it is also home to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children filled with hope and strength. In November 2011, a group of 11"Young Global Leaders" had the chance to visit Dharavi with Melanie Walker, Deputy Director for Global Development Special Initiatives at the foundation. You can read more from the trip in our Voices of Change blog series.

    Photo by Caroline Bourdeau

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    1. Laguna Homes 25 months ago | reply

      We really do have a lot to be greatful for and really do need to consider what we can do in this world.

    2. Éothain 25 months ago | reply


    3. Vietnam Humanitarian Foundation 25 months ago | reply

      Amazing photo, it makes you realise how lucky the developed nations are. There are so many people who live in these conditions and so many people that I want to help.

      I just came back from a charity trip in Vietnam and have been touched by families living in similar conditions. A family with 5 children live here... it gives you a glimpse of the conditions they live in - I couldn't believe they don't have enough to patch the walls to keep out the rain, wind and creatures of all kinds...

    4. Paper Houses Across the Border 25 months ago | reply

      Most comments will always be about gratitude for our own situations or will be about the 'great photo'. The problem is that the photo does not motivate people to write: "I am sending a check today." This is common to all photos of poverty and common to 'mission trips'. Consider the number of hits you get on a photo and compare that with the number of people that made a donation. A solution needs to be found so that people are motivated to do something more than feel grateful for all that they have in their own lives.

    5. Mutongoria 25 months ago | reply

      The photo is great, but how does it help the people of Dharavi ?

    6. Laguna Homes 21 months ago | reply

      This is a kind of moving photo that brings people closer to the awareness that everyone needs to do something more.
      Even of they do not whip out their check books.
      Money is not the only problem here.
      Minds at work together is key.

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