photos for the laia foundation by pep avila from vedanthanga, a village in the indian state of tamil nadu, where most residents are dalits, or those who are traditionally regarded in the indian caste system as untouchables.
though ‘untouchability’ is barred in india’s constitution, dalits (which translates as broken or crushed) remain an ostracized community in vedanthanga, prevented from owning land and forced to work jobs other castes see as beneath them.
the laia foundation, founded after the 2004 tsunami, works with the dalits, contributing to their social and economic development through educational, health and women’s empowerment projects.
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