Dear Co dreamers,
It gives us an immense pleasure to share with you that Girish and Mahesh graduates of our programme recently bagged a US scholarship to pursue a one year certificate programme. (http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/City-boys-grab-US-scholarship/articleshow/37722016.cms )
Along with this report, I want to share with you a volunteer story from the Dream outdoor experiential camp, followed by a few highlights of Dream A Dream programme.
Zoombas! Yes, that's what we will call ourselves, Bopanna and Nilisha (facilitators of camp) shouted out to the group of adults who were coming for the camp. That kick started the journey of four fun filled, highly energetic and enthusiastic days with 14 adults and 29 young people. The excitement itself started building up in the long bus journey with all the campers having a ball shouting, screaming and singing all along. Reaching the camp site, I was totally awestruck with the awesome scenic beauty which surrounds it; calm and peaceful, completely away from the noisy, traffic loaded, polluted Bangalore roads. It was indeed a different new world.
As the 'ZOOMBAS', were split into different family group, so was I. I was part of a family group, which we named as " Silver Springs' and there were five young people present. I am sharing in the following the strong changes I observed in two of them:
Rakshit doing his tenth standard initially he was totally an introvert, would not contribute much to the group and would be just by himself. But slowly I started seeing him coming out of his small cocoon and displaying his very strong qualities. He was part of the gender stadium and came up with a lot of opinions which actually added a lot of value to the discussion the group was already having. And then I see him taking on to facilitate a workshop on Science crafts by himself. I was very happy and proud that he actually started opening up and bringing his inbuilt talents to the forefront.
Nisha studying tenth standard hails from Delhi and due to which she cannot understand Kannada very well. In the first two days, I used to observe her to be very quiet and not contributing much. She would just be present but then she started getting more comfortable and started asking for Hindi translations for different instructions that were given. She started getting more involved and putting forward her ideas and suggestions in the family group. During the youth led workshops, I was amazed to observe that she also took up to facilitate a workshop on Mehendi design and that too with sketch pens. There was only one person who was getting his hand imprinted on but the amount of concentration and dedication which she had towards what she was doing was simply amazing. There were others asking her different queries and she was responding back patiently and was in the same time engrossed in what she was doing. Finally, I see her come up on stage and express her entire feelings to the entire crowd. It was indeed very heart touching!
I am very much pleased that I was indeed part of this beautiful experience.
Please scroll down to see a few pictures from the programme. We look forward for your continued support and an enduring relationship.
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