Summer is always associated with fun and games for children. But when we channelise this abundant energy of the children in an educative way – without their realising that it is all about learning – the results can be amazing as Chennai NGO Shabnam Resources, run by kind heart M R Hubert, found out during Summer Camp 2012.
The camp, held from May 8, 2012 to May 15, 2012 from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day for disadvantaged kids, was a huge success.
On an average, 52 children participated on a daily basis, and were ‘tutored’ to look towards a better future. They were gifted with a T-shirt as a mark of uniformity and brotherhood which brought a smile on every face. The children began every day’s session with meditation, body fitness (exercise) such as breathing exercise, flexibility.
There were many spirited ‘interactions’ – lectures would be a very strong word - that made them understand that the future was in their hands – like in the rags-to-riches stories.
They were also ‘taught’ about health and hygiene and taking nutritious food. They were shown how to build friendships that last a lifetime.
When they were instructed on how to be well-informed by reading the newspaper, they became so excited that they shouted aloud the news and jostled each other, having lots of fun in the meantime.
Most children withdraw into their shell when taught Maths. So, Shabnam Resources organised a session that made Maths easy with simple structures. In spite of the children belonging to different age groups, it aroused their interest in Maths.
The children had fun games like balloon bursting, counting stars, coconut group, mini mazes, water war, etc. The activities helped to keep the curiosity of the children alive without losing sight of the fun element.
The children were served tender coconut water and coconut pulp though they would have preferred aerated drinks and chips! Delicious lunch, with varied menus, was offered daily as an integral part of this camp.
The children learned about nature, care of fellow beings and to help everybody in need, with the active involvement of event managers Saravanan, Lucas and Usha.