Week 6 came and went in a flash! Before that, we had the chance to visit the spice market in Chandi Chowk – yeap, conquered that!
During week 6, we created a space for the girls to reflect upon memories from Summer Camp week – where many of them got to meet friends, brothers and sisters from other homes – to treasure and safe-keep the beautiful moments .
The girls enjoyed charading their favourite moments and getting their friends to guess it. We also focused on improv skills by playing games such as Park Bench and creating scenes that had to include 3 distinct rules. Through these activities, it was wonderful to see the girls put into action what they’d learned over the past 5 weeks.
The highlight of the week for all of us was having our MA programme leader visit the home together with the co project coordinator from India. They observed the workshop and took Emily and I out on 2 days. The girls got to perform the 2 scenes which debuted at summer camp finale. Our programme leader and coordinator were impressed and remarked on the levels of engagement from the girls and their improved articulation skills. Needless to say, we were feeling so proud of them!
During our outings in Delhi, we were treated to sights, sounds and sweets of India. There was exploring of markets, drinking of wine, listening to music and lots of sampling of wonderful local food. Our stomachs became bottomless pits, to an extent.
Over the past 5 weeks, we had also been helping the younger girls with learning English and poetry. This week they were able to recite their dictation and poetry back to us, without the paper and with actions included for the poetry. These were incredibly amazing moments, watching the girls’ progress. It made us very happy indeed.
Week 6 was a reflective one; both for us and the girls, as we looked back at the past 5 weeks and also discussed what they wanted to do for the last week (3 days).
We write this now having completed the final day of the project. Bittersweet is an understatement. More on the last week and final day coming up.
But for now, we stand in gratitude and pride of all we have witnessed; thankful for the opportunity to create spaces where others may create their own art.