“The film, the book, they are windows into the soul of the poor,” he said.
Braat will soon fly home to India, to the children who call him “brother,” and he will return to them with a suitcase full of dollar store toys — dolls for the girls and cars for the boys — to remind them that they are children who should be weightless in their play.
“They endure so much and they ask for so little,” he said. “India does not manufacture toys. But what is a toy to a child? It can be everything — and when it’s a gift from someone who values them it is a treasure.”
Braat hopes to raise funds for a new project — a way to give the children a future and a way to earn money after they “age out” of the orphanage.
“I want to make people care about the children of India,” he said. “I see children growing up in a group but never having a sense of family, and I know that can change.”