Behind the Beautiful Forevers

This book is a very good read. I highly recommend it, as it paints a picture about poverty and aid in a way I’ve never before been able to see, so it was obviously incredibly eye-opening.

The author literally visits a slum in Mumbai everyday for four years, conducting thousands of interviews, and follows the story of several families living there. The story is about real people, with real names, and very real lives.

I read it for my International Development class, in which we each have a project to focus on for the entire semester. I initiated a group project focusing on the needs of refugees in Utah and I am so excited to get started on our research of what it is they actually need and want and how we can help that to happen. This class is so much more than just giving aid (although there is a time for that) and I feel empowered only three weeks in. I’m sure you’ll hear more very soon.

Annawadi slum, Mumbai

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