Power of play
We noticed one of our young beneficiaries missing in action on the playground. We inquired and were told he had stopped coming to school. This video shows what followed… and highlights the “power of play”. We can do so much by engaging with children through play, including improving attendance, improving academic scores and getting drop-outs back to school.
Pooja Singh has been our beneficiary since December 2012. Timid, yet hardworking, she became a Peer leader in her sessions, and eventually she got appointed as a Community Coordinator. Seeing her excellent performance as a sessions facilitator, and after a series of intense interviews, she has been recruited as a full time employee.
While leading a volleyball session with his peers, someone complained to Abhay how he never got to touch the ball even once during the entire game, to which Abhay replied how the ball is not expected to come to someone, instead, the person is to make the best use of possible opportunities within the game. Then he said how complaining is one thing but one should at least know how to talk to their peers. This happens to be the same boy, who, up till last year had left no chance to taunt a weaker player, complaining how he was missing his chance to play because ‘others’ were not good enough. Our team had spent a good amount of time trying to channelize his potential into peer leadership Seeing him take his learning ahead at his new school brought tears of pride to our eyes!
Arif is our beneficiary from one of the shelter homes we visit. At the end of an activity based on sharing thoughts about one another, he said, “Everyone in the group here mentioned good things about me that I am responsible, speak well, and also things that I need to improve like controlling my anger, and playing with everyone regularly which I will keep in mind going forward. It feels really good to know that there are people who know and care about me. I don’t feel alone anymore.”
For a teenage am-a-badass kind of kid like Abhishek Valmiki, to breakdown before someone must have required a lot of guts and for us, it only showed how much we are trusted and how secure our children feel with us to let us see their most vulnerable side.