News ID: 189260
Published: 1138 GMT March 13, 2017

A carnival for underprivileged children

A carnival for underprivileged children

More than 75 underprivileged children in Udhagamandalam, a town in India, were treated to a carnival by Siragugal, a group working to provide quality education for children from two schools.

Kalyani Chidambaranathan, president of Siragugal, said that they had adopted two schools in Udhagamandalam, where volunteers and teachers teach spoken English to the kids every week. The two schools adopted by Siragugal are the Thalaiyattumund Municipal Middle School and a second one at the Main Bazaar, wrote.

Every week, the children are also taught pottery, arts and crafts, stitching and drama, while Siragugal also place importance to training the children in a variety of sports.

Last week, a carnival was held for the children, where they were story-telling, puppet shows, face painting contests and other games were staged. The children were also given food and snacks.

 “It is important that these children get the exposure they deserve. We are working towards getting them to speak and write English, while also trying to get them to adopt healthy reading habits. The carnival itself is just a way for them to have some fun and hopefully learn a few things in the process,” said Kalyani Chidambaranathan.

Siragugal was operating a library in Udhagamandalam a few years ago, but were forced to close down. They then decided to adopt the two schools to get their messages across directly to the children.

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