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This Aussie couple came to India in search of the ‘girl with a pink bracelet’, and changed her life

‪#‎PHOTOSTORY‬| Three weeks ago, an Australian was on a tour to India when he spotted a girl with nothing but a pink bracelet on her left wrist in Vadodara, Gujarat. He immediately took a picture of her playing near the railway tracks under the Shastri bridge. What he did next changed the life of the girl with a pink bracelet.

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Three weeks ago, Australian entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith — who is also known in Australia for taking the solo helicopter flight around the word in 1983 — was on a tour to India when he spotted a girl with nothing but a pink bracelet on her left wrist in Vadodara, Gujarat. He immediately took a picture of her playing near the railway tracks under the Shastri bridge. What he did next changed the life of the girl with a pink bracelet. He went back to Australia and showed the picture to Jess and Chris Bray, an Australian couple who are travel photographers, and asked them if they could find this girl and ‘help them into accommodation, secure the girl an education, buy them life’s basics and open her a bank account for Dick to regularly deposit into – all in three days!’ Chris wrote on his Facebook page. He has documented the journey through a photo essay, which he shared on his Facebook page. Take a look. Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray

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This is the picture of the girl, on the left, clicked by Dick Smith. He also noted the GPS position. Chris writes, ‘In a country of 1.25 billion people, and no way of knowing if they’d still be there or not, trying to find let alone attempt to help this family was going to be quite the adventure’.

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The two landed in India, reached Vadodara and took a rickshaw to the bridge on Day 1 to take a look at the place. –

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They bought a couple of presents for the girl and the family before finally meeting them — if they managed to find her, that is. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

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On Day 2, Chris writes that the two went to the bridge and found many families but it was hard for them to communicate and they couldn’t find anyone. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

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They met a person called Dr Chellani through an acquaintance who offered to help. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

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Then they went asking around if anyone knew the girl or her family. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

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They then found this man in red T-shirt who happened to be in the original photo clicked by Smith.

This woman recognised the little girl and pointed towards a woman whom she said was the girl's mother. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

This woman recognised the little girl and pointed towards a woman whom she said was the girl’s mother. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Finally they found the girl! Her name was Divya. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Finally they found the girl! Her name was Divya. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Chris writes that the girl thought she was in trouble. She was very shy and 'upset' he says

Chris writes that the girl thought she was in trouble. She was very shy and ‘upset’ he says

Chris and Jess explained the episode to the girl and her family. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Chris and Jess explained the episode to the girl and her family. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

"The parents had been living under the bridge for 12 years, and Divya had been born there just under the bridge without any nurse etc. As the father was away at work (a plasterer, earning $4-6/day, not enough to afford even a slum house while also caring for three kids) we decided it was best to wait until the dad came home from work to discuss with the whole family to see if there was a way we could help. Dr. Chellani told them to meet at the Bank that afternoon," Chris writes.

“The parents had been living under the bridge for 12 years, and Divya had been born there just under the bridge without any nurse etc. As the father was away at work (a plasterer, earning $4-6/day, not enough to afford even a slum house while also caring for three kids) we decided it was best to wait until the dad came home from work to discuss with the whole family to see if there was a way we could help. Dr. Chellani told them to meet at the Bank that afternoon,” Chris writes.

After the meeting the father on Day 2, they headed to the bank to open an account for Divya so Smith could send in money regularly. Talking about the father Chris writes, "We met the dad for the first time, and mercifully it turned out that he doesn't drink or smoke. He seems like a genuine, hard working man, loves his family, and just struggling to get ahead. Thankfully it seems they weren't under the bridge because he has some hardcore addiction or something - they seem like the perfect family not only in need of some assistance, but able and willing to be helped."

After the meeting the father on Day 2, they headed to the bank to open an account for Divya so Smith could send in money regularly. Talking about the father Chris writes, “We met the dad for the first time, and mercifully it turned out that he doesn’t drink or smoke. He seems like a genuine, hard working man, loves his family, and just struggling to get ahead. Thankfully it seems they weren’t under the bridge because he has some hardcore addiction or something – they seem like the perfect family not only in need of some assistance, but able and willing to be helped.”

While Divya's passport-sized picture was getting printed, Chris took a couple of shots of the mother and daughter.

While Divya’s passport-sized picture was getting printed, Chris took a couple of shots of the mother and daughter.

The family did not have any identity proof but the bank managed to open an account for them with the help of Dr Chellani. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

The family did not have any identity proof but the bank managed to open an account for them with the help of Dr Chellani. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Then Chris and Jess took the family shopping and bought clothes, bags and stationery for Divya. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

Then Chris and Jess took the family shopping and bought clothes, bags and stationery for Divya. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

 




 

They also bought tools for Divya's father. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

They also bought tools for Divya’s father. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

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The two ended the journey by visiting her school, which she now promised to attend every day. (Source: Facebook/ Chris Bray)

 




 

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