Barefoot Dreams-An Initiative By Students To Bring Smiles On Faces Of Less Fortunate

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A lot of life happiness has been put in Gole Market’s Jhuggi Camp lately because of Barefoot Dreams, an initiative by a bunch of young college students for Sarvahitey, an NGO that thrives to be the bridge between the lack of opportunities and their ability to dream by providing a better education to the underprivileged kids.

The initiative aims at gathering support from the society not just in the form of cash or kind, but to help them fulfil their dreams, by providing time, effort, and emotional support.

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For this purpose, a series of fun and interactive events have been organized by the team in the slums in Gole Market for the kids. Many of the events have already been taken out, while some are yet to happen.

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Barefoot Dreams-An Initiative By Students To Bring Smiles On Faces Of Less Fortunate

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The first event, was a crafts’ workshop and an amusing magic show.

The crafts’ workshop was a beautiful learning experience for the kids. Reminiscing our school days, we planned to conduct a craft workshop for the kids at Gole Market Slums, Delhi. The kids were totally amazed by these square colourful papers and brought all their creative energies together for folding them into flowers, dogs, jokers and even Rangolis. the main aim was to bring out creativity and let the kids feel free to create whatever pleases them.

The magic show was hosted by Poshak Dua who is a magician and an illusionist. He became a favourite of the kids with his very first trick. Poshak, asked some of them to help him with his tricks, and got them so excited that it became a task for the volunteers to discipline the kids. And unlike other magicians, he told them how he did some of his old school tricks.

Barefoot Dreams-An Initiative By Students To Bring Smiles On Faces Of Less Fortunate

The Indian Railway Museum being Asia’s largest railway museum to have an exotic collection of over 100 real exhibits of Indian railways with fun toy train ride as well never fails to amaze any individual be it a child or an adult. So, we planned to organize an outing for the kids at Gole Market, to the railway museum. The excursion was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids, from having a stroll at the exhibition, to witnessing life sized engines, to riding the toy train, all their curiosities about the Indian Railways were curbed and answered. This learning based excursion was successful with the efforts of people at Sarvahitey, as well as the project team of Barefoot Dreams.

Another event was ‘Happiness Goes Barefoot’, on 1st April. The event was organised with Talk Happy Therapy who had chalked out a few activities for the kids that would in the hindsight focus on mental health. After the activities, the ever so energetic kids treated us with one of their best dance moves and a dance session.

Barefoot Dreams-An Initiative By Students To Bring Smiles On Faces Of Less Fortunate

Later on, Chocokart brought in lots of muffins and chocolates for these little ones that were then distributes amongst them. As they say ‚ÄúHappiness is never complete without chocolate”

‘Cite for a cause’ is a spoken word event under the campaign, on 9th of April at AntiSocial, Hauz Khas, which focuses to spread awareness about the foremost cause – welfare of children. To penetrate the audience for this, poetry feels like the weapon with audacity. This is going to consist of some amazingly talented poets of our time, Vartika Rastogi, Pranjal Asha, Megha Sharma naming a few. They will put out the words to flow around the audience and flag the cause. There’ll be a special performance be Sabika Abbas Naqvi, an alternative educator and an amazing protest poet. She’s also a member of feminist collective ‘Pinjra Tod’. The tickets are live on for a mere amount of Rs.100!

There’s been a buzz on the facebook page of Barefoot Dreams with their ‘I Wish’ campaign where they asked these underprivileged kids about their dreams and wishes. And these packets of happiness have big, big dreams. As they say, ‘A dreamer is never too small and a dream is never too big’

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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