Kynja Babha’s Day at the Anganwadi

Kynja Babha is a five-year-old girl in the faraway village of Khrang in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

Kynja, the daughter of a broom cultivator, comes from a Below Poverty Line (BPL) family. Her father has a small broom farm down the slopes on the edge of the village. She has three sisters and one brother—she is the third child.

She studies in the Nursery class at the Anganwadi centre in Khrang, implemented under the Integrated Child Development Services scheme of the Government of India.

The 15-year-old Anganwadi centre in Khrang is being run by a single teacher, Teresa Shabong, for the last seven years.

Attired in her torn frock and over-sized gum-boots, Kynja spends a day at the Anganwadi centre.

This photo-essay was done as a project during my course at ACJ, Chennai. It is now a part of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI).