Lakshya, Bhumi’s life skill project pairs underprivileged children with volunteers who act as their mentors and role models. The objective is to enrich the lives of underprivileged children (mentees) through a caring relationship with a personal mentor who supports, encourages and builds their self-confidence. The programme also helps the children realise their potential and transforms the volunteers into socially aware leaders.
Here is an account from one of the Laksya sessions at a shelter home in Chennai. To refine the children’s problem-solving skills, volunteers presented them with two activities.
The first activity was called the Reverse Pyramid. Here the children were split into three teams and each team was given 10 cards to form a triangle. Next they were asked to reverse the direction of this triangle by moving only 3 cards.
Problem-solving uses logic and imagination to make sense of a situation and come up with an intelligent solution. These skills are necessary to solve children’s own problems, which will eventually assist them to build self-esteem and self-confidence. Children who feel overwhelmed or hopeless often don’t attempt to address a problem. Such activities activate their problem-solving skills and help them feel more confident in their ability to try.
The second activity called Survival English got the children to enlist general phrases used while shopping. The volunteers then left the children with a question to ponder on until the next session. The question was “is there any food item that can be attracted by magnets?”
Through such activities, we at Lakshya want to build the ability of problem-solving in children, thus becoming more independent, confident and positive.
Wordsmith: Shruthi Varadarajan
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.