The morning began with an introduction session followed by the children making Santa’s face and a Christmas tree using coloured paper. It was so different to see our otherwise confident and well-spoken volunteers struggling with instructions which they eventually managed to communicate very effectively.
After a quick snack break, the kids enjoyed the games that were planned for them. It was awesome to see their faces light up when they were taken to the prize table on winning a game. It was even more amazing to see how they tried to communicate which game they had won and what they won to their friends across the lawn, only through expression and signs.
The older children then helped with the plantation of a Christmas tree that was gifted by EcoFriends, a symbol of a long-term association.
It was surely an exhausting experience but one which definitely left each of us with a sense of accomplishment and admiration for the kids who were so well mannered, affectionate and independent.
The only way we could communicate was if we could maintain eye contact and think up the appropriate gestures on the spur of the moment to get across what we wanted to convey. It thus, helped us realize the power of eye contact, observation and presence of mind in addition to being thankful for the ability to hear and speak – things we take for granted.
A pat on the back to all our volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zones and making this day a memorable one! A special thank you to all who support Mitr and help make such events a huge success!