The following pictures were taken for the Dark Is Beautiful Campaign, for an article that Kavita Emmanuel, the Director of Women of Worth (WOW), wrote for the The Weekend Leader.com.
The boys were in high spirits and it was a fun challenge to try and get their pictures for this campaign. We were trying to convey the idea that beauty is beyond colour - that no matter what your skin colour is, it shouldn't make a difference to WHO you are. The amazing thing about kids is that colour, size or language don't affect them. Our kids are the next generation. What are we going to do about the future of this country? How can I make a difference? One way is through teaching my son good values - and it is hard, believe me, to be consistent in teaching your children. It means that I have to be consistent! Ack! Most times it is easy to tell my son to do something, but when he decides not to listen to me or finds it difficult to do what I ask him to do, then its up to me to help him or to be consistent with him. Its especially difficult when I'm out or when people are around, and I have to be consistent in guiding him or disciplining him - NO MATTER what the others around me think!
When it comes to making our children think differently about skin colour and different prejudices in society, WE might face discomfort or contempt from our peers. How are WE going to handle it? Do we believe in these issues strong enough to face some challenges? Let us make a difference. Let's BE the change. Not just be supporters of change, but MAKE a difference. These are 'action words' - it may require us to get out of our 'comfort zone', but if that is what it takes to make this country a more tolerant country, then let's do it!
Ok, so that was my passionate outburst :) Here are some pictures for you to look through.
Taran's older sister Diya was a big help in entertaining the boys and getting them to look at the camera - so I've included a few of her pictures as well. Kids can teach us so much about having fun together, and not caring about WHO we are or WHAT we look like, but just to ACCEPT each other as we are!
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