"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." ~ Edward Kennedy
As we continue to create a vibrant, positive and healthy future for our young people, by nurturing and nourishing them to “not give up hope,” and believe in their dreams, your support has been critical to make it happen. Thank you for your continued support to help us in our endeavour to empower and transform the lives of young people from vulnerable backgrounds.
We have had an absolutely fantastic year and we write to you today to engage you in the celebration of everything that we have achieved over the last year.
What better way to celebrate than to celebrate the achievements of the young people who give purpose to our lives. One such celebration is of Janardhan (name changed) An 11 year old who has been an active participant in our Life Skills through Arts programme for 2 years now.
The Challenge: He comes from a broken, abusive and violent background which has made him very aggressive and short-tempered. He was very naughty; hitting, biting, irritating others, tearing paper, and walking away from the class. No one would sit with him. He would tear his drawing sheets because he felt he was not good enough. He would use foul language, wear dirty clothes to school, and would not wear his shoes; instead he held them in his hand. One day, the facilitator asked Janardhan about his problems and he explained to her all his pain. He shared how his mother is very abusive, beats him, and will not let him wear his shoes because they will get dirty. The facilitator requested his classmates to assist him and many of them started to do so.
The Change: When it was observed by the facilitator that he was not participating, she asked what had happened and he replied, “Mam, I don’t know how to draw.” Janardhan was then asked to draw whatever he feels like. He then asked his facilitator if he can copy a drawing from a book and she approved. Then after a few minutes, he finally drew something and the facilitator praised him for participating and showed the entire group.
After receiving praise from the facilitator and some of his classmates that day, he stopped tearing and crushing his drawing sheets.
The Dream Power: More recently, when the facilitator has asked the classmates about Janardhan, they gave very positive feedback. “Mam, he has become silent. Sometimes he is aggressive but because other children tell him to do bad things, tell lies about him and complain to the teacher. The teacher still punishes him. He still gets angry with other boys but it is no longer his fault. He has become a good boy now.” Some of his classmates even share their lunch with him.
Over the years, we have seen Janardhan transform into a less aggressive and more supportive participant.
The facilitator stood rock-solid through this violent behaviour in sessions; all the time noticing and validating his positive behaviour. He has now learnt to draw without worrying about being laughed at, to attend sessions regularly, even negotiating with his mother amongst other demands, has started showing healthy habits of being clean for the sessions and throwing litter in a garbage bin and as per his peers, he is less of a bully now.
All small but extremely significant changes that will help Janardhan learn to trust himself and people around him and hopefully make healthy choices in life. For us at Dream A Dream, these subtle changes mean a life time of healthy choices.
Once again, Thank You for your continuous support and we look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you to realize many more "Dreams"
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