Roger Burks’ stories
India: Pay Dirt
Moni Das's village has no name. It's simply referred to as Line 10, Deohall Division, Deohall Tea Estate, Assam. It is a microcosm of life inside Assam's estate fences: anonymous, hidden among acre upon acre of tea bushes and existing solely to serve the needs of the estate.
India: Buzzing with Cosmic Energy
I sensed, right away, that Rajah Banerjee had something to tell us. It was in the measured way he carried himself, the arch of his eyebrows and the calculating glance he cast across the room. What's more, I immediately got the feeling that he would test me to see what I knew.
India: A Skilled Trade to Last a Lifetime
The word "manokamana" holds a special place in the hearts of the Nepali people who populate the Himalayan foothills around Darjeeling, India. It signifies one of the culture's most sacred places — a holy site in Nepal — and literally translates as "good wish of the mind."
India: Unity takes root in Darjeeling
Life isn't easy for tea pickers in northeast India's Darjeeling District. Workers scale the unbelievably steep slopes of famed tea estates for eight hours a day, hauling massive baskets brimming with plucked tea leaves.
China: Finding Hope on the Side of the Road
One day as 40-year-old Guo Peiling was rummaging around the neighborhood for his recycling business, he found a school for his youngest daughter.
China: Dandelion Seeds
Hu Yan's school days are hectic. She takes a full course load, including math, English, science and ethics. And her 45-minute lunch period affords no time to relax.
China: Planting Day
For many families throughout the world, the spring days when family gardens are planted are a cherished annual tradition. As seeds are sown, loved ones take time to talk, laugh and share thoughts. With any luck, the food grown in the family plot will nourish them later that year.
China: Perfect Harmony Family
China: Both Ends of the Long Road
It is a long road between southwestern China’s myriad green hillocks and the congested outskirts of the country’s teeming cities.
Helping Themselves, Helping Others
Our work around the world is filled with definitive moments of change. Some are catastrophic events such as disaster or war. Others are softer but no less transformative: returning home after years of displacement or the first day of school, regardless of age.