One of our Pagdandi kids, Suraj, is currently working on creating his own jewelry line. Here is a video from the workshop he led at summer camp to teach the other children about his craft!
This short film introduces you to the lives and dreams of young girls living in Jagdamba Camp, a slum community in South Delhi. It captures the depths, hardships and joys that childhood experiences in parts of our urban world that are visible yet remain forgotten and conveniently ignored. The girls are a part of Pagdandi, … More Behind the Seen
A video recap of Swechha’s 2015 Pagdandi Summer Camp in Delhi. This is a 4 week camp for children from the slums of South Delhi to express themselves and learn in a safe and empowering environment.
Arts and crafts are an essential part of the learning process. As important as math or science–our art instructor, Ritu, would argue. For four weeks of summer camp, the children followed a winding path of arts and crafts that included everything from lines and structure to creativity and color. They learned the calculations of sketching, … More Arts and Crafts: a key part of the learning process
One of the final workshops for the younger children in summer camp was dance class. Over the course of several days, the children learned dance choreography from their dance instructor, Jasmine Bhatia, that they would later perform at their final showcase. While the first couple of classes were a little slow moving, as the children … More Dance Class: Choreographing Self Expression
For four days of summer camp, the older children embarked on a journey through the theatre. Led by instructor Rahul Tewari, The students began the workshop with a series of exercises that involved movement, body awareness, and eye contact. They included activities where they passed tennis balls around a circle silently, using only eye contact … More Theatre Workshop!
After an entire week of clay modeling, Pagdandi summer camp kicked off the start of a new week with two days of English Class. The class would encompass 4 elements of learning English: Listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Prateeksha, our English instructor, began the workshop by giving each chid their very own English names that … More Pagdandi Summer Camp: English Class
Last week, the children of the Pagdandi summer camp delved into a week-long project that began with a simple ball of clay and ended with a piece of art that represented their identity. With the instruction of Shruti Bansal, their clay modeling teacher, the created enclosed identity boxes over the course of one week. It was … More Molding Something Basic into Something Beautiful: Pagdandi’s week long journey with clay modeling
Children today are living in a world where their identity is shaped by the stereotypes that surround them. People are judged in an instant by their race, gender, class, or emotions. It is extremely harmful for the generation of the future to be inhibited by social boundaries perpetuated by the judgement of others. Today in summer camp, … More Growing Up in a World of Stereotypes
Today, Suraj taught his upcycled jewelry craft to the children of Pagdandi Summer Camp! The kids had a blast! They went home with beautiful, handcrafted jewelry, and a new skill too!