REAP, the Reach Education Action Programme, is based in Mumbai, India, and is an educational campaign serving both the urban and rural poor. Though India has a rapidly developing economy, the impoverished population has little means to improve their lives. This is related to the low literacy rate, caused by years of a lack of funding for education and traditional discrimination against lower castes.
REAP works to fight poverty through education programs for the most traditionally marginalized members of society: the lower castes, the poor, and women. Over 250 small classrooms have started between metal-siding shacks, urban storefronts, and countryside huts, serving thousands of young children. In addition to serving children, REAP sponsors about 200 Self Help Groups for women, training them to be agents of social change in their community.
photographed for the Opus Prize Foundation