School's Out!


Anand, 11, is all smiles when he returns to his rural India home from boarding school for summer vacation.

In tropical southwestern India, 11-year-old Anand attends boarding school 13 hours away from his hometown in Karnataka. When summer holiday arrives, he can hardly wait to board the train for home.

“I packed my bags long back,” he says with a big grin. “In our village, we get to play all the time. We climb trees, pluck mangoes, and eat them. We also play in the fields with our friends, go to the local melas [fairs] and attend weddings.”

When asked what his hometown is like, Anand describes an ideal retreat: “vast fields, mountains, and lots of animals … We can also see the stars, something that we miss at school in the city.”

Photo©2017 World Vision, Neola D’Souza

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