A survey on drop out children was held by Vidiyal’s Community Mentors in Ambedkarnagar Slum in the month of June 2018. They identified 14 children who were dropped from school and placed them back in schools.
Training on Home Medicine and Herbal Medicine
In this quarter a training on Home Medicine and Herbal Medicine was held at Vidiyal for the children belonging to junior age group, studying in 6th standard and 7th standard. Dr.G.Sharmila Jim facilitated the training which was much enjoyed by the children. Children learnt about various home remedies for common health issues and learnt about various herbal plants that are available around us.
Induction of New Volunteers and Orientation Programme
The strength of Vidiyal is very much in its community ownership and partnership. We take pride that our children bring so much strength when they become volunteers. Yes, our children who have reached college take membership in the well-established volunteers forum called Muhangal (Faces). This year six new children joined and an induction ceremony was held on the 19th August 2018. Earlier to that on the 5th August 2018 an orientation programme was held. The sessions included Qualities of a volunteer, Finding the traits of new volunteers, Expectations by the volunteers and expectations of the organization, Interface with old volunteers and staff, Discipline, Rules and Regulations, Do’s and Don’ts, Signing of an undertaking and Awaiting Rewards. Dr.C.Jim Jesudoss, Mr.D.Arockiam, Mr.U.AbdulRahman, Dr.G.Sharmila Jim, Mr.P.Chandran and Mr.A.Anbu from our team facilitated the sessions.
Nilal Konam (Shadow’s Angle)
Six Short Films by Vidiyal Children
Thirty of our children who learnt film making during the summer holidays completed the task and produced six short films. They have brainstormed and titled the collection as ‘Nilal Konam’ in Tamil which means ‘Shadow’s Angle’. Children worked in four teams and each team had a volunteer to facilitate the process. They worked and developed one lines for the films, then worked on the screen play which followed a story board and finally they went for shooting. The camera angles were set by the children and they directed the camera man to accomplish what they wanted. The post production work went for two months and it was interesting that our children and some of the community members who acted in the film dubbed for themselves which was amazing. The themes for the films were taken from their life and living environment.
1.“Thalaimuraithorum” means “Generation after Generation” was themed on forcing caste tagged occupations on children.
2. “Sithai” means “Pyre” was on Child Marriage and its ill effects on girl children.
3. “Iraichal” means “Noise” was on ill effects of mobile phones and its excessive use
4. “Mul Mathirihal” means “Thorny Role Models” themed on bad role models and substance abuse
5. “Keeral” which means “Scratch” was on Child Sexual Abuse
6. “Thadam” means “Track” was a story about a girl who breaks through all barriers
Nilal Konnam (Shadow’s Angle) was released on the 18th August 2018 at Gandhi Museum, Madurai. Mr.Ajayan Bala, a writer and film director released the DVD and Mr.Nandhan Sridharan another writer received the DVD. Films were screened for the audience which received a thunderous applause. Children and those who acted in the films were honoured. Mr.Joe Prakash a freelancer facilitated the process of film making and enabled our children to come out with their creativity.