Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 8
“They love to draw and have amazing imagination. Their favourite class is drama and acting,” says Pearl Jasra, mother to approx 100-odd children. The children belong to the slum areas and some come from families of drug-abuse victims.
For them, going to a summer camp or orientation classes is almost an impossible feat, as much as getting decent education. But Pearl has been doing just that, giving them an opportunity to do both.
A learning centre and a non-profit institution, IVE Children, has become a learning and a grooming haven for these children. Host of foreign travellers, who come to teach life skills and be a part of the change in the lives of children, Pearl also teaches them drama and theatre, dance and singing as part of their curriculum.
“These children are very enthusiastic about creative activities. Since they cannot afford to go to summer workshops and schools, we teach them these life skills as a part of developing their personality and build confidence,” says Pearl.
The institution has been working on creating alternative tools of education and running volunteer programmes, where people can teach art, life skills and performing arts to children. Pearl’s husband and partner in this volunteer effort, Aditya, who is a trained theatre actor, takes acting classes, teaching them drama and theatre exercises.
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