Say it with color. That’s exactly what a group of Essarites did on May 30, 2012, at the Pratiksha Nagar BMC School, located in Oshiwara.
Armed with a set of paint brushes and pots of color, as many as 14 employees unleashed their creativity on the walls of the BMC school. The activity, which was organised in association with Mumbai-based NGO Chip, was designed with the aim of developing the child, working especially in the areas of education and health, laying the foundation to a successful life. As the children spend a significant part of the year at the school, this activity was meant to help brighten their surroundings, and thus have a positive impact on them and their studies.
As the day unfolded, an interactive games session was organized for the children, which was followed by the painting activity. The enthusiastic children first scrubbed the walls and coated them with the base color. As was to be expected, the children rushed forward to get their hands on a brush and pot of paint, and immediately started painting. Once completed, the walls were left to dry.
A few Essar volunteers then began drawing on the walls with chalk, while the childrenlooked on. On completing the drawings, the children were then given free rein to fill in the colors as they wanted. In no time, the once-plain walls were covered with mehendi patterns, colorful cartoon characters, flowers and butterflies.
The activity turned out to be quite a hit with the children, who despite the scorching heat, continued to paint into the evening, breaking up only to have lunch. For the Essar volunteers, the event was an ideal opportunity to interact with the children, as well as test their creativity. It was truly a day well-spent!