SPREADING SMILES AND MULTIPLYING JOYS ST KAREN’S MONTESSORI SCHOOL , PATNA Our Mission to Share & Care by the Students of
What made us FEEL sad? <ul><li>“ Do you think all children your age have a life as easy as yours?” </li></ul><ul><li>As children living comfortable lives, having wishes fulfilled on demand, not having to worry about too many things, our mentors asked us to think if we could think of a life without our little comforts, without our daily needs being taken care of, without family, without mum and dad……...It was unthinkable! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Would you like to see how other children your age lived in a different environment from yours?” </li></ul><ul><li>An apprehensive ‘Yes’ from all, led to us visiting two very different places-a local orphanage and a village school for the very underprivileged. What we saw at both places left us with a feeling beyond sad……How were we going to make them smile? How were we going to change their lives? </li></ul>
IMAGINE… What makes a Child Smile? <ul><li>TOYS ! </li></ul><ul><li>GIFTS ! </li></ul><ul><li>SILLY, FUNNY, ENTERTAINMENT ! </li></ul><ul><li>Yes! We were going to show them </li></ul><ul><li>we cared . We were going to </li></ul><ul><li>spend some time with them , </li></ul><ul><li>teaching them , playing with them , </li></ul><ul><li>entertaining them and of course </li></ul><ul><li>GIFTING them with so many things, we hoped </li></ul><ul><li>they would forget to </li></ul><ul><li>be sad for a while! </li></ul>
WHAT DID WE DO ? <ul><li>We organised a fundraiser for generating money to buy toys and gifts for our new found friends at the orphanage. </li></ul><ul><li>We encouraged the students of our school to contribute items of daily use for children-stationery items and toiletries. </li></ul><ul><li>Armed with posters, activity sheets, schoolbags and utility bags filled with stuff for the kids, toys and games we visited our destinations for change! </li></ul>
At SKAP Cottage - Day 1 <ul><li>30 Children, aged 3-15 yrs greeted us with as much apprehensiveness as we felt nervousness! </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking the language of love, it did not take long for them to sense our feelings and for us all to mix freely among each other sharing our activity sheets and helping each other compete to complete what we had given them. </li></ul><ul><li>We gifted them all multi-purpose utility bags to keep their own stuff in and we ended the evening’s visit with happy singing and promises for a next visit filled with more surprises. </li></ul>
At SKAP Cottage - Day 2 Fun games, quizzes, competitions and a magic show ensured our second visit was an entertaining one! Gifts for the games and competitions, gifts for all the children and more common gifts for all left us so FULL of the Joy of giving!
At Jeevan Sarovar School The 50 kids ranging from 4-10 yr olds looked excited as we started our mission to get the children smiling!!! A little performance of skits on personal hygiene and cleanliness, drew smiles and little snickers! Confusion ensued when we started distributing their school bags but very soon they settled down to their colouring and dot-to-dot activities.Really not prepared fpr another onslaught of gifts,the little ones were wide eyed when they saw the common gifts for their school—2 big, colourful Carrom/Ludo boards,6 snakes and ladders boards,cricket sets(for boys), toy kitchen sets( for girls), balls and rackets…it was more than they could imagine!! Health & Hygiene (Click to Play)
CHANGE ??? DID WE CHANGE ANY OF THE CHILDRENS’ LIVES? We like to believe so. By SHARING,CARING and SPENDING our time with our new friends at the orphanage, we like to think we were angels of love! By a small act of giving gifts and seeing the wide surprised eyes of the kids at Jeevan Sarovar, we like to think we have helped them to make a determined choice to come to school-to study and play!
WERE WE CHANGED? “ I realise how much my mom and dad mean to me” — Prachi. “ I will not waste food” – Arunima (the kids at the orphanage had simple meals, and the kids at Jeevan Sarovar really only had one or two proper meals). Giving came easily when we worked together - we decided we could and would do the same on our own as well. We realised that it wasn’t difficult to SPREAD SMILES AND MULTIPLY JOYS—we just had to WANT to make the change!
<ul><li>Mentors : Ms. Sunita Kumari, Ms Sunita & </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Shruti Singh </li></ul><ul><li>Students: Himanshu, Prachi, Priya, Diya, Ankur, </li></ul><ul><li>Pratyush, Riya, Shweta, Shipra, Reyan, </li></ul><ul><li>Kishlay, Shaishav, Shreyaskar, Pushkar, </li></ul><ul><li>Arunima & Afnan. </li></ul>The joy of giving team