Anubhuti, the social service wing of PiCA had organized a workshop for children from underprivileged sections of society and orphanages as part of the Community Service Day celebrations done every year in Pillai College. Around 22 students accompanied by a volunteer from Bhairavdev Vidyalaya near Panvel came to the college for this purpose. A total of 10 student volunteers from the 1st and 2nd-year batches of architecture signed up for this cause and helped carry out the activities smoothly.
Two student volunteers accompanied the bus that brought the children from the school to our college. As soon as they were brought to the college, they were provided with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and then with the badges. The workshop was carried out in the 3rd-floor architecture studio and it began at around 1 p.m. The children participated actively in the craft and origami workshops, followed by a small dance workshop to conclude the session. Before leaving, the children were also provided with small snack boxes and gifts from the college. The event finally ended successfully at 4 p.m. and the children were accompanied back to their school by two of our student volunteers from the college.
Inclusive Social Awareness:
Many institutions work towards improvement of the relatively unpriviledged sections of the society. However, there is always a subtle line of separation between “them” and “us”. Community service day aims at bridging this gap by inviting the students into our daily lifes for a day and having fun with them, eating with them, playing with them.
How is the day celebrated?
The day starts with the bus going to the Adivasi school and bringing the kids to PiCA in a college bus. The kids introduce themselves and head for lunch. The lunch is followed by different activities which the kids enjoy.
Activities conducted this year were both for fun as well as entertainment and skill building.
Ganesha Idol from clay
Photo frames from scap plastic spoons and Tinted sheet
Short film screening
Sharing and caring:
The idea of getting together and having fun is most important here.
In the words of the Shri. Sunil Shinde, the teacher and care taker of the students; this is the day the kids look forward for the entire year.
The kids enjoy the day most, as they see the world outside very rarely and that’s the reason they enjoy it the most.
Their aspirations and interests are shaped in such sessions.
The success of the day lies in the idea that the kids forget their day to day battles and enjoy the camaraderie with the architecture students.
The event was attended by 10 students of first and third year Architecture.
It was well received by the kids from Ashram.
Sharing our abundance gives immense joy.
A small change ie days joy makes a large difference to these kids.
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