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FM Member's children volunteer for community children !

On Tuesday, 6th May 2014 Sanyucta and Meghana from HRW and Department of Social Initiatives organized a one day Summer Camp for the member''s children with the help of an NGO called "Naturewalk". FM members brought their children to the department of social initiatives early morning at 8.30. Some came even earlier than that! It was a little different day as it was not only full of fun activities but the member''s children were shown short educational films on nature and environment and in turn they prepared skits on the educational messages given to them and performed in front of the Kasarwadi community children, reached out and spread the messages. 44 FM children and 44 children from Kasarwadi community came to attend this camp.

Mr. Deepak Sawant who is in charge of the Katraj zoo and Mr. Raghavendra Ghaisas, an art expert came as resource persons. They conducted sessions on clay moldling and Origami. Children loved these activities and made paper butterflies, papar fans, animals like dog, swan, and elephant from the colorful Plasticine clay. Anushka, Pallavi, Swaroop and Krutarth were fresh college going students who helped Anuj Khare in conducting all the activities for the children. Our teachers and Community workers namely, Sandhya Gawli, Anita Singh, Sangita Kshirsagar, Kavita Bhagwat, Meenakshi Gaikwad helped us in getting the children from the community.

One of FM trainee graduates named Manish Bhore taught them very interesting art work with the use of u pins and other different items that we use daily. Anukool Shidore, son of our member Avanti Shidore taught community children the art of paper quilling which they appreciated very much. Avanti also helped him by organizing the children in groups and teaching. Bharat Patil and Soumya Shetty also volunteered and right from distributing the snacks, organizing the children in groups and helping them in preparing for the skit and performing. Our volunteers really helped us a lot. Without the help of our volunteers it would not have been possible to manage such a big, active and boisterous group of kids. All the kids then played different fun games. Snacks and mango juice was finished in no time once it was served.

Best was our FM members Children, who were very happy to teach the origami, clay molding and give environmentally friendly messages. They made us proud. The community children also were very enthusiastic and eagerly learned everything that was taught. We were bombarded with the queries about the next programme and the usual December nature camp.

It was a most interesting  and rewarding day for all of us. We thank all the parents, children, and all the volunteers who patiently helped us.

Meghana Marathe.