Today was an amazing day, and I am sure everyone else loved it as well. We were required to paint a mural for the NIPCCD, or the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development. I truly enjoyed the experience, and the messages sent with the meanings of the murals were deeply touching.
NICCPD is a government organisation devoted to taking care of the needs and rights of the women and children. When we went there, however, they said they had canceled the appointments that day so that we could paint our mural.
We were divided into three groups to finish the work more efficiently, even though most of us kept going to different groups to help out here and there.
The first group painted the largest mural, and lots of people from other had to intervene because it was so huge. It was very enjoyable, though, since music was playing and people talked and laughed as they worked. The first mural was reminding parents that when they fight, they're kid hears it, sees it and feels it.
The second one was of girls and boys holding balloons and generally happy. It displayed the love and affection required to raise joyful children.
The last one was slightly more deep. There were children running to a door with love on the other side of the door. It was all sprightly at first glance, but then the children's expressions became more visible and we could see that they were scared or fearful. The door represented safe haven.
My understanding of Bangalore has changed drastically. I never even knew that Bangalore was doing things like this, helping children and women with their issues and generally helping them cope. It was very enlightening to know that people are trying to make Bangalore a better place, and I am sure that everyone else had slightly similar, if not the same feelings.
I think we showed a lot of caring today. Other than agreeing to help by painting the mural, we also were caring to each other when we worked. We helped each other paint, got things done, and helped when anyone else had trouble.
I think it's important to know what's going on in a community, because that's how you can ensure that everyone's needs are taken care of and that nobody is having trouble. It also helps in making decisions as a community. If I could have changed anything about the day, it would be when we were painting the mural and we got slightly annoyed with the lack of room to paint. I think that we could have done better by being more understanding and stepping aside or waiting until someone else had finished before coming to paint our bit.
Overall I loved the day, and I really think everyone else did as well.