All photos by Jesse Ward.
When I reflect back on my visit to the North West Delhi ADP (Area Development program), the photos I took give me a deeper sense of understanding to the important work that World Vision Australia is doing in this area. Situated an hour out of New Delhi in an urban setting, the North West Delhi focuses on a number of different social-psychological programs that aim to assist children who may be experiencing abuse at a physical or emotional level. Other common issues in this particular community are that children experience abandonment by parents, which has a direct effect on a child’s development and sense of belonging.
When I refer to the photos taken; I had the opportunity to sit in on a girls defence class run by World Vision Australia and the local police, to teach young girls about self-defence and create a greater sense of security and morale in the community. It is common for young girls to be sexually or physically abused in this community whether that be in the home or on the street. Due to this many young girls leave home and reside on the streets where their safety is completely uncertain, and they miss out on the chance to be educated.