The Street Child Cricket World Cup - and a very special photographer

In the run-up to this summer’s Cricket World Cup, Street Child United is organising the Street Child Cricket World Cup to be held in London and Cambridge in May.

 

On an official commission to photograph the event is Salaam Baalak Trust's very own Vicky Roy, who has come a long way since running away from his poverty-stricken home in West Bengal at just eleven years old. Arriving into Delhi, Vicky started working as a rag picker at the New Delhi Railway Station, before he was found and rehabilitated by Salaam Baalak Trust. They arranged for him to study photography after which he became a photographers' apprentice. In 2007, he held his first solo exhibition titled, “Street Dream” at India Habitat Centre; supported by the British High Commisson. 

 

Vicky Roy has lived in New York to document the re-building of the World Trade Center, has had solo exhibitions across the world and given a number of TED talks. The last time he came to London, he went almost straight to Buckingham Palace for a Duke of Edinburgh Award lunch…

 

 

Images: (L) A game of cricket, India style.   (R) Vicky Roy, Photographer.

 

At Friends of Salaam Baalak Trust will we, of course, will be cheering for Team India in the Street Child Cricket World Cup. The opening ceremony takes place on Saturday 4 May in Cambridge, with the final being held on Tuesday 7 May at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. You can find more about the games by visiting the Street Child United website.

To find out about Salaam Baalak Trust beneficiary, Vicky Roy, and his photography visit his website.