Tattoos done with dirty needles. Garbage on the beach. Streets used as bathrooms. These are some of the issues Kane Ryan grapples with as he works amidst the poverty of Bombay. But he also finds smiles, caring and acceptance in a community that laughs at his flip-flops and tells him he has the “Feet of a beggar, the heart of an angel.”
Kane Ryan, founder of Dirty Wall Project, returns to a joyous welcome in the Saki Naka slum in Bombay where his non-profit has already built a school. In his absence, Kane’s determination to help this remarkable community has only grown.
Kane Ryan shows up at every fundraising event for the Dirty Wall Project with two t-shirts and a blue jar. That seemingly innocuous blue jar contains all the hope and magic (and donations) that make a big difference to some of the world’s most impoverished people. As Kane prepares to head back to India, he gives a glimpse into what goes through his mind as he sets out on a very important mission.
A year ago Kane Ryan decided to make the change from traveller and observer to someone with the ability to change, however small, the lives of the poor in India. That was the beginning of The Dirty Wall Project, a tiny charity with a very big vision. This is the first of Kane’s series of special posts for Life As A Human as he begins his journey back to the slums of India.