Thursday, December 24, 2009

The child of AIESEC HYDERABAD for every child in the city!

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
~Stacia Tauscher

And that someone might just be an artist.

BALAKALAKAAR-the world’s largest painting workshop for under privileged kids to 'bring out the artist in every child'. If you know what you want to do, but do not know how - then AIESEC will come to your rescue.

With the city not sleeping in peace there were ups and downs that we faced. Then came December 18. The day we started with the “packing”. The time where the entire Local Committee gets to stay together, eat together and most importantly WORK together.
The amount of excitement and thrill that was within each of us cannot be penned down; especially for me, as this was the first event I was going to witness after being recruited. I couldn’t get myself to sleep the previous night thinking What if I don’t wake up and report on time? I did not want to miss a thing. After all this event was going to set a benchmark for years to come.

Right from picking up children from their NGO’s, setting the venue, getting the stationery and food ready and wearing the Balakalakaar t-shirts; it was ONE ride! Even though there were more than 2000 children at the venue, managing them was not a problem. AIESECers and volunteers were on their toes distributing all that we could get for those children.

They would come wish you a good morning and by default you would smile :) They would hide themselves every time you tried to click their pictures. They would feel shy to ask for another cup cake and their paintings would make you smile, wonder and some might remind you of your own childhood.

I noticed three different kinds of kids:
Ones who drew the borders on his page the minute the papers were distributed. They were eager to start drawing. Ones who scribbled thoughts on the paper and later asked for another sheet. And the ones who drew exactly what his neighbour was drawing. :)

As the saying goes "All good things come to an end.” Well, may be they have to.. because the better ones are on their way!

I remember a few kids coming up to us and singing “May god bless you”. One group of children came up with a roll-call for the event which goes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Balakalakaar is Super Star!!” :)
These are the moments that keep you satisfied at the end of the day.

It was truly a great experience and there are many more to come!
-Pallak Sancheti
Manager, Corporate Sector
Student, St.Francis College