February 1, 2018

India estimates 21 million of its girls are ‘unwanted’

The desire among parents in India to have sons instead of daughters has created 21 million “unwanted” girls, a recent government report estimates. The report found many couples kept on having children until they had a boy. The authors also found that 63 million women were “missing” from India’s population because the preference for sons led to to sex-selective abortions and more care was given to boys.   Tests to determine a foetus’s sex are illegal in India, but they still take place and can lead to sex-selective abortions.   Some cultural reasons for son preference were listed, including: 1) Property passing on to sons, not daughters. 2) Families of girls having to pay dowries to see their daughters married. 3) Women moving to their husband’s house after getting married   It does not come as a surprise to us at FFLV who have been working at grassroots for the […]
January 31, 2018

Republic Day Celebrations!

On Friday, 26 January 2018 Sandipani Muni School celebrated the 69th Republic Day of India. The programme began with the hoisting of the National Flag by the school principals. This was followed by a prayer service and a cultural programme which included patriotic dances and songs. Speech was also given by students expressing their views about Republic day.   Here are some beautiful moments captured from the Republic day celebration!!        
January 25, 2018

NYGF Revelation

Dark dingy classroom, no light, an occasionally working fan, worn out mats to sit on and countless kids of all ages in there. These depression holes are the classrooms of a government school in Vrindavan. I learnt this only today. Despite being around for 8 years at FFLV, this was the first time I actually decided to go into the field and cover the NYGF 2018 outside distribution. We arrived at our first school where the kids were sitting in the walk way of an old building, on tattered mats. Is this it?, I asked my colleague, “Yes, this is their classroom!” While the distribution was going on a boar from the nearby field entered the classroom and had to be chased away. NYGF is a happy festival, it does make the kids happy, however, the realities of where these kids come from cannot be just ignored. The second school […]