A Tender Heart. Photographs by Katy Fitzgerald
A fundraising event for Tender Heart School, Bhatola, India
22 June – 04 July 2013 OPENING Sat 22 June 2 – 5 pm
A love of India and a passion for photography has culminated in this heart felt photographic exhibition by Sydney based photographer, Katy Fitzgerald.
Tender Heart School is situated in the small and very traditional village of Bhatola on the outskirts of Delhi. This school was born from the vision of local Faridabad woman, Renu Bali, grateful for her own education and wishing to bring educational opportunities to those less fortunate than herself.
In this part of India, education, especially for women, was not considered necessary and people lived a very traditional and simple life with little expectation of education or progress. Therefore, against considerable odds, the school was built and it has flourished.
Today Tender Heart School consists of a regular school for local children, including street children; a unit for children with disabilities; a volunteer program to teach children of poor families whose only chance at education is with Tender Heart; and a program teaching handicrafts to local women.
This year, Renu Bali, is undertaking to bring seven of the Tender Heart School children with disabilities to Australia to participate in the Special Olympic Games to be held in Newcastle, NSW, in November 2013. As these children come from poor families, none are in a financial position to provide funds for such a venture.
Renu Bali and Katy Fitzgerald have committed themselves to raising the required funds to make this once in a lifetime opportunity a reality for these children and their families – none of whom would ever have dreamt it possible to travel overseas to attend such a spectacular event.
This exhibition aims to raise awareness and much needed funds to contribute to this adventure. The exhibition features many images of Tender Heart School, as well as images from Tibetan Dharamsala, Mumbai and Rajistan.
Katy Fitzgerald recently spent 5 months working and travelling in India. Having travelled to India previously and fallen in love with the country and its people, this time she wanted to experience life in India, rather than simply travelling through. She had the wonderful opportunity of spending time at Tender Heart School, volunteering and helping.
Artist Name : Katy Fitzgerald
Artist Email : email@example.com
Artist Contact : 0418 447 600
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