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For This Homeless Family, Hope Can Be Found In Their 7-Year-Old Son Farmaan

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  •  March 12, 2019

Award-winning documentary photographer Altaf Qadari in his recent photo series “Indian Looking For Hope” shared the struggles of a family living in Delhi, whose survival depends on the few hundred rupees they earn from begging.

Nisar Khan and his wife Ruby came to the national capital with a dream of getting a job. However, being barely educated, life pushed them into shackles of poverty. For Nisar and his family, their world is confined to a wooden fruit vendor’s cart which they call their home. With five children to take care of, their humble dwelling is always at risk of being cleared out by the authorities.

The only hope left for them to live a life of dignity now lies in the hands of their seven-year-old son Farmaan. Troubled by the uncertainty of earning a fixed income, Ruby resolved to educate her son so that he can grow up to live a life free from the shackles of poverty. “My expectation for the future is that he should do well for himself, even if he does not give us anything. Even if he does not stay with us, at least he has acquired education. So, my child is in a job and he is not begging from here and there,” shared Ruby.

The father insisted on pushing his son into begging, however, with his mother’s support Farmaan is now enrolled in a school run by an NGO.

Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 1 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan poses for a photograph near his home, a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in the 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

383 Likes, 4 Comments – @altafqadri on Instagram: “Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless…”

 

Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Photo 2 of 18 Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, back to camera, lies next to his three-month-old sister Razia on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart, which is his home, as they wake up on a cold morning in New Delhi, India. For this Indian family, desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

337 Likes, 1 Comments – @altafqadri on Instagram: “Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless…”

 

Photo 6 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

272 Likes, 2 Comments – @altafqadri on Instagram: “Photo 6 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a…”

 

Photo 4 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, 7-year-old Farmaan, right, drinks tea as his father Nasir Khan and his mother Ruby Khan tend to their three-month-old daughter Razia, while they sit on a wooden fruit vendor’s cart which is their home in New Delhi, India. For this desperately poor Indian family, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life, hope can be found in this 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. Simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education @leherindia

292 Likes, 2 Comments – @altafqadri on Instagram: “Photo 4 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a…”

 

Photo 7 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a homeless family and their hopes. For one Indian family _ desperately poor, barely educated and living on the fringes of New Delhi life _ hope can be found in a 7-year-old boy with huge eyes and scraggly hair. The Khan family survives mostly through by begging. But the father insisted that 7-year-old Farmaan start begging, his mother pushed back hard, vowing to do anything to keep him in school. Farmaan hasn’t done much in his short life. But simply by staying in school he’s become the focus of the family’s dreams. Here, Ruby Khan helps her 7-year-old son Farmaan get ready for school in New Delhi, India. #igindia #igasia #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #homeless #letsnapit @apnews @snap_sg @savethechildren @unicef @tededucation #poverty #education #apphoto

165 Likes, 1 Comments – @altafqadri on Instagram: “Photo 7 of 18 Sharing photographs from a recent story “India Looking For Hope” which I did about a…”

 

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