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Backwaters of the Bay of Bengal

Thousands live in ancient conditions on the delta south of Calcutta. We brought them vitamins. Here is what their lives look like.

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The island village on the delta south of Calcutta was covered in homes like this.

Published on March 3, 2008

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The bustling dock outside of Calcutta on the Bay of Bengal's delta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Despite having very little money, women in India (like these on the islands south of Calcutta) love to look beautiful. And they do so quite well.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Many boats like this can be seen hourly drifting along the delta of the Bay of Bengal.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Life is all about fishing on the delta south of Calcutta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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In this island culture south of Calcutta, new mothers aren't allowed inside the home for up to a month. This woman sleeps in this chair with her baby.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Rice paddies provide the bulk of food for those who live on the delta islands south of Calcutta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Kids everywhere love to play tops, even when they live in remote villages like this, south of Calcutta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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On the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal, a child gets a haircut stagnant lakeside.

Published on March 3, 2008

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Vitamin Angels founder Howard Schiffer tells the mother of a malnourished child how to give multivitamins daily.

Published on March 3, 2008

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This woman, who lives in an island on the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal, was supposedly 110 years old.

Published on March 3, 2008

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No matter where you are, mothers like these on the islands south of Calcutta care about one thing: their children's health.

Published on March 3, 2008

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This statue was in someone's backyard, a few hundred yards from where vitamins were given out on an island, south of Calcutta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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A woman gets her rickshaw food stand ready for the evening rush on the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal, a couple hundred kilometers from Calcutta.

Published on March 3, 2008

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