Days two and three of our Children's Camp were indeed much more successful! We rearranged the schedule to accommodate the heat and energy levels of the children and things ran much more smoothly... The children from Tara Mobile Creche were amazing! During our biscuits and juice two of the older girls sang a beautiful (albeit long!) song for us in Marathi. Then, it was on to the games. At our Sports station we decided to finish with playing on the playground and this was definitely the highlight for me. Their shouts of 'Didi, Didi!', which means Auntie in Marathi, filled me with joy as we all played together. The children from Mobile Creche rarely leave the construction sites where they live and go to school; so a playground, something which we may take for granted, was a real treat for them.
Adri joining in the see saw fun.
The merry-go-round was a popular choice -- even for Alison!
I enjoyed hanging out on the monkey bars with this character!
On our last day we welcome the children from Door Step School and Deep Griha. Door Step School provides non formal education and study classes for children who would otherwise miss this opportunity. Deep Griha is an organization that provides various programs from health to education for adults and children living in the slums of Pune.
This day was much different from our day with both Anand Gram and Tara Mobile Creche -- it was easy to notice that these children had had less exposure to structured activities. However, despite the challenges of organizing this group and maintaining some sense of order it was still a great day. These children, too, were experiencing many things for the first time and the smiles they left with were even bigger than the ones they arrived with.
Bollywood dancing was a fantastic end to each day!