The Global Fund for Children (GFC) supports Blending Spectrum, one of The YP Foundation’s after school programs.
Blending Spectrum works within a Muslim-dominated area. The program is open to all children, those that attend school and those that do not. The program focuses on health and hygiene, life skills and education. They get together twice a week for 2-3 hours at a time.
About 150 children attend Blending Spectrum. Government schools in India are aplenty. However, the quality of the government school can be questionable. The school is free. I was told that some parents who do not see improvement in their child’s education will choose not to send them at all. This is why some of the children at Blending Spectrum do not attend school.
The children range from 5 to 17. 60% are girls and 40% boys. I got to attend the end of a four month program production. The production was completely done by the children. They did the artwork, the dance choreography and the scripts.
All the people who work with the children are volunteers.
We arrived early to watch the kids get ready. Like any other school play in any country, the shrieks of laughter, the uncontrolled running and giggling, the joy ranged through the halls. The parents filed in to watch the performance. For many, this would be the first time they saw their child perform.
Laughter, love and pure childhood imagination and joy come alive on this stage. This is just one way The Global Fund for Children helps children in the communities in India.
Global Fund for Children: www.globalfundforchildren.org