Art can do wonders. It triggers those parts of the mind that otherwise remains dormant. Battling poverty and many other obstacles our children have come to live with us. And we fill in their lives with a wide range of colours.
The Art for Development Programme conducted across five hostels last year was a big success. At the end of the programme, the artwork made by the children were exhibited at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore early this year that attracted audience from across the city.
Through the joy of colouring, drawing and craft-making, our children developed better cognitive and motor skills, confidence and determination.
For example, 12 year old Janeca Alvareen Dohling hailing from the far flung eastern Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, studying in Class 7 Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Palacode in Dharmapuri. Janeca lives in Emirates AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel for Girls in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, surprised all of us when she revealed of her dream to join the Indian army. The surprise was because she is one of naughtiest girl in the hostel. She loves sports more than anything else and is often found dribbling the football while reciting poems. A good football player, she feels, “Fitness is important and it would help me join the army.”
Janeca has shown a remarkable improvement in her academic scores as well. “I draw scenes of my village not because I miss my home, but because I reiterate to myself that I need to bring about a change and transform our village into a prominent mark on the map.”Janeca is an example. Like her, most of the students have shown changes in their way of thinking and comprehension capabilities.
Impressed with the enthusiasm of the students, Titan has decided to continue the Art for Development Programme this year in two of our hostels – Emirates AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu and Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel for Girls in Yelahanka, Karnataka.
Titan has also stepped into sponsor the education of 32 girls living in AIM for Seva Free Student Hostel in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu and has also graciously donated a CCTV and solar water heater for the hostel to add onto the safety and comfort of the children.
We are happy to have been able to help these children sketch their dreams and fill them with colours.