|Children using the stencils to paint|
Monday, 30 July 2012
26th July 2012 – Infant Jesus Academy is situated near the beautiful Velsao beach, in South Goa. It was established in the year 1980 largely for the underprivileged children of velsao. A large percentage of these children come from the neighbouring states and this programme was a great exposure for them.
Mrs. Lizette Athayde, the principal and the staff of the school were helpful and keen to know more about our work.
We conducted the 1000 Crane Project at the school for the 6th standard students around 51 young bright and keen minds. We gave the children a background of our work and spoke to them about the tsunami and talked about the alternatives to the use of Nuclear power. We finally connected all this to the story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand paper cranes.
The children were very responsive and remained attentive and alert during the entire session.
We provided the children with paper stencils of the cranes, to aid them in their attempt to draw cranes. In order to further encourage the creativity of the children we asked them to paint their own personal message of peace, love for the children of Fukushima on the T-shirts.
Monday, 23 July 2012
19th July 2012 - Mae De Pobres school is situated in Nuvem, in South Goa. It is one amongst the oldest schools attached to the Nuvem church. Children from the surrounding villages of the school come to study here as it is the closest and one of the best schools around to study especially for the underprivileged and ecomonically backward families. Mrs. Vilma Henriques, the principal is a very dynamic and forward thinking educator believing in non formal education to be the way for a complete and holistic development for the children.
|Soraiya Moraes talking about the tsunami|
|telling the students about how the radioactive gas gets |
accumulated in the atmosphere.
We finally connected all this to the story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand paper cranes, post which we asked them to paint.
|the students were well prepared for the|
They were a very excited lot but also a confident group because they were prepared with their messages of peace and hope. Of course, most of the children drew the Dove, since we know this bird as symbol of peace, but, it was not an issue, since the message and the emotion is what is important with each T-shirt, not the image.
Mae De Pobres, after a long time is a school trying its best with its limited resources to make the children complete human being, and we at Tara Trust always are encouraged to give more to institutions like them because the freedom to explore and help the children increases. It is also their Golden Jubiless year so we shall be helping the school with more activities which will teach their children empowerment and confidence.