India: A success story for children

A worker feeds a child with disabilities.

A child brushes his teeth at the children's home.

Children play in the shadow of the Bal Bhavan children's home.

Children at Bal Bhavan praying before bedtime.

“We’ve found babies in the trash dumps.”

“We’ve found babies in the train toilets, on the train tracks.”

“We’ve found babies at our doorsteps.”

“People leave babies at the hospital sometimes.”

“In Hindi, the word orphan means ‘a godless child.’  So we call this place a children’s home. Bal Bhavan (the name of the home) literally means ‘children’s palace.’ We want them to be able to call this place their own home.”

–Lashi Lall Howard–Director of Bal Bhavan Children’s Home.


We have all seen them…ads asking us to support orphaned kids. Who do you believe? Who do you support? Well, I have seen these kids CICM helps. Their workers are amazing. Your money won’t be wasted here. CICM–Central India Christian Mission supports around 4,500 children throughout India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Bal Bhavan is home to 98 children.  Click CICM to help. NEWS UPDATE**Just found out another 350 kids were supported yesterday after people viewed video and photos produced by Andrew Tucciarone, Jon Sturdevant and myself. A few weeks ago 225 people stepped up to help kids too. This should be very encouraging to all photographers and workers in this field.

All Photographs copyright Gary S. Chapman

(Nikon D3s, 50mm f1.4, 1/400 sec, f1.4, ISO 2500)

(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/6400 sec, f1.4, ISO 200)

(Nikon D3s, 70-200mm f2.8 @85mm, 1/320 sec, f7.1, ISO 200)

(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/125 sec, f2.5, ISO 4000)


13 thoughts

  1. My first 7 years on this earth were at a Baptist Children’s home in North Carolina where my father happened to be the chaplain/pastor for the campus. Capturing these moments where people can relate to the children as part of their family is just awesome.

    You have a talented eye and ability to help the audience feel connected to the people in your photos. NGO’s, Mission organizations and humanitarian agencies need to have you help them tell their story.

  2. This is beautiful, Gary. My aunt, who is from Chennai, owns and operates a children’s home near where she grew up called Little Flock, so this is something that’s close to my heart.

  3. The owner of the company I work for has gotten involved in helping Central India Christian Mission. What a coincidence! The charitable foundation that our company in which employees make voluntary contributions has also started supporting this ministry. What a coincidence that you were there as well Gary! We’re keeping this ministry in our prayers, and financial support.

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  4. Thanks Lars. To be honest, that photo is my favorite too. I don’t know…I think it is a combination of the light and color palette. Thanks for commenting and thanks for having a link to my blog on your site. Much appreciated.

  5. I love to hear stories like this, of radical love lived out.

    Love your beautiful images too. The second image is stunning, but I can’t help finding the first incredibly touching.

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