Today was a fun and exciting day!! For our 10th CL Day, we went to Provision Asia which is a centre for people who have disabilities. This centre is very amazing as once you enter the place you feel like you are at home.
When we reached the place, we were introduced to Danny who was our tour guide for the day and the founder of this center. Next up, we met Muniswamy who is the person who does the administration work like providing wheelchairs, admitting kids to their school, etc.
Muniswamy is a person who is differently-able due to polio. He's leg was amputated and his body downwards was paralysed due to polio fever. It was very inspirational to meet him as he was always smiling and never took his problem as weakness.
We were also given a brief overview on the wheelchairs. We learnt that the wheelchairs were shipped from US. Since the wheelchairs from the US is used, it is sent to Central Prison where the prisoners repair and customise it in exchange for money. We also learnt that they had a scheme where they would give wheelchairs for free, but they realised that the people who got the wheelchairs took advantage by selling those wheelchairs. Unfortunately now, they have to pay for the wheelchairs. Provision Asia also distributes to hospitals and has camps where they also give wheelchairs.
The interesting part I learnt is that polio is no more an issue, other issues can be Celebral Palsy and paralysed due to accidents. Next up we went to visit the children at the Maitra Special School. Before going to Provision Asia, we had stopped at More Supermarket to buy school supplies and food for students in Provision Asia. Our budget was 500 rupees.
We interacted with the kids at the school for awhile by giving them the things we bought. I interacted the most with Vishnu who is a kid affected by Celebral Palsy. Even though he was non-verbal, his smile was the best thing. He was really happy with the supplies I got him because his smile said it all.
After that we visited the physiotherapists who was doing physiotherapy on somebody. She was stretching the muscles that they couldn't move. Even though it was painful, the eventual goal was for them to be able to walk.
After a quick lunch break, it was our turns to try moving around in the wheelchairs. It was really hard but everyone did an amazing job. I really salute those people who are on a wheelchair because it is very hard. Our goal was to go up and down the ramp which a lot of people completed successfully without any help.
Now people like Muniswamy come to work by a 3 wheel scooter. We learnt that the scooter is customised by the company itself, but the people are only charged for the customisation. They need to make sure their customised vehicle is registered with the police. The vehicle has a place for the wheelchairs that is tightly secured with ropes to ensure it doesn't fall. I found this really inspirational as they can move around very easily without any cribbing or help. This was our last tour stop for the day. Overall I really enjoyed this day and would love to come back to Provision Asia.
Today we went to Cytecare a cancer hospital. We are going to go there for two days, so that we get to explore and see the whole hospital. Cytecare is a hospital for people who are diagnosed with cancer, and there they are treated with different kinds of therapies. There are 4 different kinds of stages of cancer: 1, 2, 3, and 4. First and second stage is easy to cure, but if the stages are already third and fourth it is very hard to cure the patient.
The purpose of the hospital is that they said that they wanted to make a safer environment for people who are diagnosed and also the relatives of the patient, they are trying to make them as comfortable as possible.
My experience there was great. I had a lot of new information that entered my brain. The whole day was great as we saw different kinds of machines that do blood tests and they have different kinds of tubes to put the blood in to differentiate it?!?!
We had three essential questions:
What are your thoughts on your visit to Cytecare?
What can you do for those who are suffering from cancer?
How did you feel after visiting the hospital?
All these questions were supposed to give you ideas for the whole day of what to keep in mind and what to relate to what information they give while they are touring us around the hospital.
Today was a great day, but we still have one more days to go for this exploration for this great opportunity to see how the cancer hospital works and what it does. I will enjoy the next day as well,
Make sure whenever you have a patient that is diagnosed with cancer, bring them here. I guarantee you that you won't regret taking them here.👍
Today we went to Cytecare again. This time there were much more hands on activities. The doctors let us check our heart rate, oxygen level in the body and let some of us get an ultra sound on their hand or their abdomen. Just like yesterday,there was a lot of lecturing but it was okay. We were also provided with lunch there. The food there was not too good but also not too bad.
One of the things that I really liked, was the ultra sound as some of us got to try it, it was very cool to see our insides and our blood vessels on the screen. The doctor also told us that it is illegal to ask or reveal the babies gender as in India, girl babies are always aborted.
One of the things that I did not really enjoy was the fact that there were too many speeches. Some of the information was interesting while the rest were too complicated to understand. Some of us tried to take notes but ended sketching or drawing.
Something interesting in Cytecare was that in one of the underground scan rooms they had an awesome scenery so that when the patient looks up, he or she will not feel stressed. Another fact that blew my mind was that some animals and organisms cannot get cancer. Two of them are, sharks and amoeba. An amoeba cannot get cancer as it only has one cell and a shark cannot get cancer as it has some special genes in it.
The best part of the day was listening to a breast cancer survivor. She helps council the cancer patients. Her speech was very inspiring. Today all of us learnt a lot.
On this day we went to Alliance Française to present our photographs and digital stories to our audience. We began our day with journaling about the fore times. As we finished this we took a first look at our digital stories while the other group made posters and got the media ready for the event. Throughout the presentation we admired the stories the children had narrated. This continued till break.
A short break later, on the bus winding through Bangalore's roads we reached Alliance Française. Once we arrived we setup for the day. Our first endeavour was learning the chairs from the auditorium, this passed by very quickly considering the fact that our whole Grade helped out. Half an hour later, the room looked presentable. With the photos put up and the digital stories ready we did a trial run.
I was the head of tech for the event partnered with Dheeran who did lighting.We then welcomed the Sparsha kids. Our run through went great and we were ready! At 12:30 sharp we started the event, the introductions were spectacular with Anou setting the stage for the upcoming events. The digital stories were very impacting on the audience and the pictures real,y made hem think like never before.
The 7th Graders cooked up some really tantalising food which was very well made. Our event culminated with us gathering more funds and saying goodbye to the Sparsha kids, hopefully not for the last time.
I contributed this by making the digital story of Sonu, my Sparsha partner together with Ali. I think that I did a great job showcasing her story and it really made an impact on my audience. I also was the head of Tech at the event so I made sure the show went smoothly from behind the scenes. My role was ràther significant, in the fact that I made the show run from behind the scenes. I knew Kannada also so I can interact pretty well with the kids. I think this was a successful event in the way that one would expect it to be. We really made an impact with our media on the audience.
If I could have done this event once more I would have done an interactive activity with the children Onsite at Alliance Française and really made them feel welcome. That's all from me. I feel like this day was a great succèss, and here I am wrapping up this day in this succinct summary.
About Bowling with Sparsha Children
About Digital Storytelling
Today we were preparing for our fundraising event at Alliance Francaise. We will exhibit our photography and digital storytelling videos.
On this day we went to meet the Sparsha students again, but this time there were a lot more of them. We were divided into two different groups which were photography and digital storytelling. I was in photography which was about telling the stories of Sparsha children through taking photos.
Me, Rishi, and Aryan taught the kids how to play games with cards and how to do easy magic tricks, which they were really excited about. We took some pictures of the students hanging on monkey bars, chilling with the goats and climbing trees. Some of them turned out to be liking this since they came up with the most random and funny poses which looked pretty cool.
On this day we went back to Sparsha to gather more information and record our Sparsha partners in order to create a digital story about them. First, we went and helped them practice their stories. Then each of them took turns recording their stories. We then needed to take multiple pictures and videos for our digital stories. This whole process actually made us find out a lot about our Sparsha partners and was very interesting for us and for them.
Each group brought their Sparsha partner lunch from our school and ate with them. They told us a lot during this time and most of them were very open and friendly. My Sparsha partner, Divakar, had a great interest in cricket and we played cricket with him and his friends. We took some great photos and videos and he seemed to be happiest during this time. Afterwards, he told me he liked my watch and asked me to bring him one on Monday. He seemed very interested in it, and I told him I'll try. He also seemed to enjoy playing football games on the iPad, but he preferred the cricket games, because cricket is one of his passions. He told us about how on his first day at Sparsha he saw a cricket match playing on the TV and how he loved playing cricket ever since.
At the end of the day we ended up with tons of photos and videos and the day felt pretty productive but also fun and interesting. We said bye to the Sparsha kids and that we look forward to meeting them again on Monday, at the fundraising event at Alliance Fraincaise.
Today was another amazing and gratifying day. We started off the morning in Ms.Tamara's to journal and finish the movie for CL Day 1. Before CL had started we had to either sign up for Digital Storytelling or Photography. I had chosen photography so at 10:00 we had met up with Mr.Morton at the library. Then, he told us to go to his room as he had prepared a presentation for us. In his presentation, we discussed the essential questions for the project. They are the following:
1. What is it that you want to capture?
2. What is the difference between photography and taking pictures?
3. What is your intended effect on your viewers? (i.e. emotions, associations, feelings)
Then we looked at different photographs and discussed what emotions they evoked in us depending on the colour, atmosphere/setting and expressions.
Our next task was to take portrait photos of each person in the room anywhere in the school. The only criteria was that the face of the person should cover majority of the screen whether it's taken from a particular angle or not. Also, you needed to make sure that the person you take a photograph of had to like it. You weren't allowed to post any photographs of other people except yourself.
We took pictures of each other near the CL Tables and everyone enjoyed it. Everyone was respectful towards each other and had a positive attitude. Nobody said no or was unwilling to participate. My photo evoked an emotion of happiness when ever people saw the photo. It associated to people because it was in a photo of a person who was just gazing at the nature beautifully. Another photo that made me happy was a photo of Prajakta and me captured by Anou. This photo shows friendship. It made the viewers smile when they saw it.
After lunch, we learnt how to edit our photos using the SnapSeed app. We learnt how to tune the photos which meant the brightness, contrast, saturation etc. We also learnt how to put filters and not to put too many filters as it may spoil the effect and meaning of the photograph. We also learnt about the 1/3 rule which means that the subjects in your photograph should be equally divided into three parts. The background should be prominent in the photograph.
Now our task was to go in groups of 3 and take photo that fit the 1/3 rule. The subjects should be on the side of the photo. I was with Yearin and Anika. We took photos around the school like near the parking lot in front of the murals which was suggested by Anika. This was our last photographic activity yesterday.
At 2:00 we went to Ms.Tamara's room to work on our crowdfunding campaigns to send Sparsha kids for a CL adventure. I really enjoyed the photographic and photogenic day.
Today was our first day of CL for the next three weeks. We were all very excited.
At the beginning of the day we asked ourselves two questions. One of them was, 'Why do we need to know other people's names?' The second was, 'What is the difference between working with people you know and don't know?' We discussed this as a class, and in pairs to come up with various conclusions. We thought it was important to know each other's names so that the person feels cared and respected. When you work with someone you know, you are probably going to rely on them more than you usually would or should but if you are working with someone you don't know then you are probably going to participate better. Also, you will probably work faster.
Once we had written this down in our journals, Miss Tamara told us something very interesting. We all knew that we would be going bowling at Orion Mall with 6 children from Sparsha but what we didn't know was that we would have to perform a 'task' depending on the number of bowling pins we knocked down. The purpose of this was to get everyone to interact with each other and come together as a team. There were certainly a lot of waves and Macarenas around the alley!
We got on the buses at around 10:15 and went to pick up the kids. They were all really polite and kind. We introduced ourselves and talked for a little while. When we arrived at Orion Mall we went straight to the bowling alleys. It took a while to divide into 6 lanes and distribute the bowling balls, but we managed. It was the first time the children from Sparsha had played, yet they surprised everyone with their skills! As we bowled we gave each other bowling tips and helped each other out. We cheered everyone on.
When we were all tired and our time was up, we surprised the kids from Sparsha with McDonalds! They all seemed quite happy with this decision. We all ate on the bus and were back at school at around 1:45, although it was hard to keep track of time as we were all having so much fun. We said goodbye to the Sparsha children and then did some quick reflection and journal writing. Ananya, the interviewer for the day, interviewed a few of us quickly.
I think we all had a rather enjoyable day with the Sparsha children; Anandhi, Lakshmi, Gowri, Sonu, Anthony and Divakr. I am sure we can't wait to see them again. We learn't that although we might be from different backgrounds or lead different lives we can still get on really well. Also, learning everyone's name mean't that we felt we had a connection with them, and knew them better.