12 years old. 

Bala and his sister Nishanthi came to the Russ Children's Home in early 2012.  Always wanting to take risks and try new things, he hopes to be a motorbike driver and win many races. Experiencing trials due to battling an on-going illness, he is finding meaning and purpose through his studies.  Girls seem to always notice him and Bala welcomes the attention.  Bala is a prolific photographer.  Within the first week of the 100cameras course, he had already taken 2,000 photographs.  Never allowing extraneous subject matter in his frame, Bala mastered tightly cropped photos from early on.