May 19, 2016


During the year 2015-16 this contribution helped us provide food to 346 children in the 14 Kanavu Pattarai Camps in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  Besides this, there was displacement of many families from their homes during the heavy rains and floods during December’15- January’16.  We reached out to 511 households  ( benefitting almost 800 children and 1000 adults) with a onetime supply of food and dry rations to help them tide over the difficulties.

The following notes elucidates both the initiatives:

Kanavu pattarai (Workshop of Dreams in Tamil) is a 4 days residential art camp organized for adolescent children suffering from depression and disruptive behavior. A combination of theatre activities, creative games, sand therapy, yoga, dance, music and peer-to-peer conversations are used to bring about behavioral changes.

This year with a focus on instilling self esteem and a sense of belonging in children. We have touch 346 children  (from 7th grade to 10th grade) from 15 schools in 2 states, between April 2015 to March 2016 in 14 camps. This was achieved by engaging children in several interactive sessions, inspiring and fun sessions comprising art in it.  Group activities, inspiring discussions, talks by experts from the field of psychology, Art therapy and leadership, along with screenings and storytelling sessions had its greater part to play in these camps.                                           


Chennai had to face a serious loss that led to trauma and chaos all around during the floods. Corporation schools were the temporary shelter to many low-lying slums, river bank settlements. Emotional distress was significantly seen among children. NalandaWay Foundation believed that  fun sessions  in dance, drama, storytelling, teaching, playing games, singing can help the child to deal with its emotional distress.

On identifying the volunteers for fun sessions social media was a major platform to mobilize volunteers. In the process, 70 volunteers were enrolled and 13 centers were identified ideal for conducting the sessions. In the course of 6 days, 36 volunteers worked with 495 children in 13 centers (shelters).

NalandaWay foundation also supported 441 households by providing dry rations to the families benefiting more than 800 children and 1000 adults.

Refer attached reports for more details.....




Feb 18, 2016

Status report - Feb 2016 Food for 500 children in our art camps in India - #21327

Santosh means Happiness!
Santosh means Happiness!

Kanavu Pattarai is a four day healing workshop for adolescent children with truancy issues and disruptive behaviour. It aims at inculcating mindfulness and skill development through various forms of arts.

Every workshop throws up challenges and keeps us on our toes. The complexity was further enhanced as this was immediately after the massive floods in Chennai and had left an emotional impact on the children. The story that we are going to share is of Santosh who is among the children who attend a tuition center and come from different backgrounds and age groups.

Santhosh, is a thirteen year old who is an extremely hyperactive child, very disruptive as was evinced when he would disturb the sessions by mimicking the facilitator or picking up fights with his peers. On probing we found that even his teachers at the tuition centre had difficulty in keeping him engaged. His parents are both daily wage earners and the familial support for him is minimal. His after school hours are spent with older people. He has picked up the art of singing from them but has a lot of adult content in it, not appropriate for his age. His preference for the company of adults was validated through the scores in the “Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire”, a self-administered tool.

His strength was displayed in the session on puppetry and play acting which gave him an opportunity to be comical, mimic and expend his energy. He was spontaneous in dialogue, thereby giving impromptu interesting twists to the story plot.

Another dimension of his personality was revealed during the photography session on day 3 where we were all surprised to see him focused and contemplative. He had found his SPACE!

Since the last time we communicated with you in November’15 we were able to further reach out to 144 children, till date through 6 camps:

Camp 7 - Agastya Foundation - 28-30.11.2015 - 29 participants
Camp 8 - Chennai Middle School – Washermenpet & Begum Street - 02-05.11.2015 - 23 participants
Camp 9 - Agastya Foundation 25-27.11.2015 - 25 participants
Camp10 - Sevalaya 23-26.11.2015 - 25 participants
Camp11 - Pudhiadhor (post flood intervention) 28-31.12.2015 -17 participants
Camp12 - Agastya Foundation 05-07.01.2016 - 25 participants

We are sure with your support we will be able to help more children find their VOICE & SPACE!

Concept lens
Concept lens
My Muse
My Muse
Nov 24, 2015

Quarterly status report


Kanavupattarai (Workshop of Dreams in Tamil) is a 3 days residential art camp organized for adolescent children suffering from depression and disruptive behaviour. A combination of theatre activities , creative games, sand therapy, yoga, dance, music and peer-to-peer conversations are used to bring about behavioural changes.


-  Improve self-esteem

-  Develop perseverance

-  Understanding emotions

-  Build empathy

-  Improve self-worth

-  Reduce depression


Camp 1

For: Rainbow Homes, Chetpet and Kosapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Date of camp: 06 - 09 July 2015

Location: DakshinaChitra, Chennai

Number of children participated: 26

Camp 2

For: SOS Village, Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Date of camp: 03 - 06 August 2015

Location: DakshinaChitra, Chennai

Number of children participated: 27

Camp 3

For: Sevalaya School & Home, Kasuva Village, Kilakondaiyur, Tamil Nadu

Date of camp: 12-15 October 2015

LocationDakshinaChitra, Chennai

Number of children: 25

Camp 4

For: Chennai High School Ganeshapuram & MGR Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Date: 26 - 29 October 2015

LocationDakshinaChitra, Chennai

Number of children: 25

Camp 5

For: KGVB School, Kadapalli, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh

Dates: 28 - 30 October 2015

Location: Agastya International Foundation, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh

Number of children: 29

Camp 6

For: Chennai Middle School Seven Wells & Begum Sahib Street, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Dates: 02 - 05 November 2015

Location: DakshinaChitra, Chennai

Number of children: 23

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