Wall of Life

March 6, 2014

Young people are the hope of tomorrow!

At Jeevan Sahara Kendra we are thrilled that since August 2013, our staff have facilitated two adolescent groups.  The first one was called “Character Formation” and was for young people aged 11-14.  The second group focussed on “Life Skills” and was for youth 15-20 years old.  Meeting on public holidays, the young people had 15 wonderful sessions where they explored the changes that they are going through and worked on understanding making healthy choices in their lives and relationships.

At the end of this first batch of young people, we wanted to do something special – and we did!  Thanks to our dear friends Ilaisa and Shubhra, we had an amazing time on the 27th of February 2014 when 22 young people came together to paint a “Wall of Life” outside the Jeevan Sahara Kendra.

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The work to prepare this started a month before with Ilaisa and Shubhra conceptualising the wall and getting the materials together.

We then had the basic primer and white paint applied and Ilaisa spent almost a week sketching the basic design, which the young people would paint.

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When the big day came, we had lots of happy volunteers – 22 youth showed up – and more came during the day, but we did not have enough brushes and paints for those who wanted to join later.

???????????????????????????????What a joy to see happy hands at work!   Over the course of the day, the white wall took colour as the young artists got to painting.

Our budding Leonardos (or M.F. Hussains) did not want to let go of their paint brushes.  It was with quite a lot of effort that the youth had to be persuaded to come in for lunch!

finished wall with JSK entranceThe final result is wonderful.  The entrance to the Jeevan Sahara Kendra now sports a beautiful mural called “God’s Love Express” where the cheery engine pulls 6 ‘carriages’ which each have a message of hope and life on them.

faithfulness 1Why don’t you come and see the art these young people have created for yourself?  Here is one of the panels – a carriage which shares the message of how faithfulness in marriage can prevent HIV from spreading.

ART panelWe are glad to be able to have a medium which pitches life-giving messages to passers-by.  Here is one about the fact that free Anti-Retroviral medications are available to help people with HIV live and not die…

At the end of the day – we want people to know that everyone is very special – and very valuable.  The last message is thus:god loves all