– Rhea Rebello
As we entered a medium-sized room, filled with small children who had the biggest hearts, we were welcomed with warm smiles followed by “Namaste”. I was dumbfounded at how disciplined and obedient they all were!
The room grew with excitement as we started the arts and crafts session. We all spread out to guide the children and were often left laughing, cracking jokes with them or trying to get a candid picture with them. It was truly a sight to see their riveted, enthusiastic faces as they watched closely at how to fold or stick the colourful origami paper. We did the origami dog and tulip with them along with a paper bag. Although it took a long time, it was surely worth every minute.
Every volunteer made sure that each child was happy and encouraged, this being the most important objective of our session. Our photographers too helped get wonderful, natural pictures of their precious smiles.
These kids, though restricted to a certain amount of limited luxuries were so grateful and cheerful. It was overwhelming. With them, finally satisfied with their artwork, we all stepped outside to take a group picture. As we all stood there, with the kids holding their artwork up to the sky, I could feel the love and unity among all of us. What better way to end the day than with…. a loud “Cheese!”….*click*
The volunteers involved in making this session a success included Summer Jacobs, Amrita Gopal, Hussain Harianawala, Saumit Deshpande, Aaliya Panju, Jayani Thadaney, Nihal Sachdev, Aryan Doshi, Chiraag Shahaney, Aditya Bijlani, Prithviraj Jadhav and me, Rhea Rebello.