Our second volunteer’s mission in India (Jennifer) ended with the year 2014. Because of all her work, we have now reached a new stage in creating more recreational and playful areas in India; with the help of our partner: Karuna-Shechen.
Once deprived of any equipment, the early childhood centres are now places where children can awaken, learn and flourish. The kids are able to have fun all while acquiring useful practical skills.
We are now entering the knowledge consolidation stage. This stage mainly consist in supervising the early childhood centres and in making sure that everything is running smoothly, for a better longevity of the project. For this part of the project, Karuna-Shechen hired an project coordinator and a third Inter’Lude volunteer has been dispatched to India to help out.
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The idea behind the outdoor painting is to organise an activity where all children can participate and collaborate in creating something they can relate to and feel they have accomplished together. This help to develop their creativity as to strengthen their social relationship.
The objective is also to decorate the early childhood centres, called Anganwadi, with colourful and happy images that would help identify it as a place for children.
Since some children are very small and still cannot use paintbrushes, they do hand print paintings: children dip their hands in the paint and stamp it on the wall.
We are very careful on the material used to ensure children’s health and safety! Especially, the paint we use is easily washable, and safe to be used by children.
Before we started the activities, we went to each centre and organised the washing of the outdoor walls with the help of local people, the women facilitators, the villagers and some of the children. Sometimes, we apply a white layer of paint. This process is important to make all the community involved in the project. It’s for them, by them!
A few days later, to allow the paint to dry, we return to the Anganwadi centres, starting our first activity in Banahi village. Everyone was excited with our arrival and many people from the village, including parents and some older children, gathered around the centre to watch and participate in the activity.
The women facilitator sat all the children on a mattress outside in the shade under the tree, whilst we prepared the paint. We put one coloured paint, mixed with water, in each bucket and drew the outline of the painting with a pencil on the wall. We filled two big buckets with water and set up the washing station with a towel and detol, for hand-washing after painting. After everything was set up, we gathered around the children and did a short briefing explaining the activity.
We started by painting a big tree trunk, some flower stems and a sun. The children would then add to this by painting with their hands to make the tree leafs, flower heads and sun rays.
Two by two the children stood up, we dressed them with an apron, and they came up to the wall to choose a colour to paint with. Once they chose the colour, they would dip their hand in it, and we would help them stamp it around the tree.
“As you can imagine, everyone was very excited to participate in the activity and the children were extremely happy! Everyone was smiling and laughing and having a lot of fun – it was great to see so much joy!” said Alice, our volunteer that help in the project.
Now, all the 10 the centres we work on look nicely decorated, fun and a happy place for children!
Now that the six new activity leaders from the childhood centers have received the necessary training, we are able to distribute the drawing kits: clipboards, paper, color pencils, pencil holders and pencil sharpeners.
The majority of the children, just as in the pilot project, were coloring for the very first time in their entire life!
The children are free to draw whatever they wish, but we also offer them models to follow, to help them start drawing and to stimulate their creativity. Those models also help them learn about different shapes and colors. By reproducing what they see the children learn new skills all while having fun.
The first purpose of a free game time is always evident: joy, amusement, laughs, and shared moments! All the children are happy of this new experience and the activity leaders are thrilled to play a part in the kid’s self-development.
Next stop: outside play kits!
Here are some pictures of the project throughout the different villages.
Inter’lude bases its work on the fundamental principles of the CRC, which recognizes the right for children to have free game time and leisure activities. Beyond the children’s primary needs, a specific attention must be drawn to their educational program, their emotional development, civil rights awareness, and overall knowledge.
An excerpt from Article 31 of the CRC: States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
Our mission is to encourage the development and self-growth of children by favoring their access to games, leisure activities and to culture. In order to reach this goal, we train our local partners to the use of free game, educational and cultural activities.
Improvements in the world
Children mortality rate (5 years and under) has gone down almost 50 %
Children under the age of 11 are twice more likely to be sent to school
2.3 billion-more people have access to a safe potable water source
The number of polio cases has decreased of more than 99%
The percentage of people living with under 1€ a day has gone down from 47% to 20%
Since 2000, the number of children forced to work had gone down 1/3
These changes were made possible with the help of the UN and UNICEF, in addition to the many local and social actors. Inter’Lude is proud to humbly contribute in its own way, to these ameliorations.
In 2015, we hope Inter’Lude can continue to help more children and start a program in France: setup of free game activities, and awareness to children’s rights and to solidarity.
In the name of all the people we help, we would like to Thank You for all your support.
Inter’Lude fundamentally believes that all assisted populations must become actors of their own development. That is why we draw specific attention to providing training to our local partners, especially the people in charge of the children in the daycare centers where we intervene.
The training course deals with different themes such as the benefits of play, the development of the individual, different animations techniques and game setups, pedagogy and the roles of activity leaders.
In India, Jennifer our volunteer has just trained the counselors of 10 villages. Here is her recipe for a successful training course.
10 early childhood center counselors and their assistant
10 motivators ( from the villages)
a pinch of coordinators from our local partner
250 g of powdered methodology
5 liter of teaching skills
150 g of shared experience
200 g of mixed games (interior-exterior-drawing)
3 spoons of pleasure
First you open your recipe book to the “training” page (which you would already have translated into Hindi)
Attention : you can start by taking out the 200g of mixed games and powdered pleasure, Indeed these two main ingredients must be consumed at room temperature; it’s the secret of the recipe.
Then, spread out the first three ingredients on a table in the shape of a “U”. Mix all these components until you obtain attentive and interesting dough.
Sprinkle them generously with methodology and add a ladleful of teaching skills. Let the mixture rest for a couple of minutes.
Butter your baking pan and put your preparation into the oven (thermostat 8) until the soufflé has risen.
Your soufflé is ready! Keep it warm in the oven so that it doesn’t deflate.
For a side dish: in a large pan, mix the shared experiences and the competence skills of the counselors from our pilot project and let it cook on a low heat.
Once your meal starts boiling, add games and pleasures, and finish with a teaspoon of children songs.
Don’t forget to spice your end result with some questions and examples.
Everything is ready! The whole experience is to be served on drawing paper and with lots of coloring pencils.
« This training course was rich of experience because of the exchange of knowledge between the counselors from our pilot project (January to April 2014) and the counselors from the new childcare centers. The people learn from one another allowing a valorization of their skills ».
Seeing the involvement of the counselors during the training course, there is no doubt that the 400 children beneficiary of the project will be more than happy with the results.
On the following video filmed during training course: a childcare center counselor and her assistant is showing the other women one of the songs they know and use during their daily activities with the children.
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