Balakalakaar, an initiative undertaken by AIESEC Manipal University, is aimed at bringing out the artist in every child, in addition to fostering holistic development of the child.
A brief background:
AIESEC, the world largest student-run organization has presence in over 112 countries across the world. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today. The organization achieves the same by providing its stakeholders an integrated development experience which comprises of leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities, international internships and participation in global learning environment.
AIESEC believes that an event like Balakalakaar is relevant today because even though most of us talk about child rights, we are not aware of approach to make the required impact. This event presents an opportunity to give back something to society.
The event at Manipal:
With the vision of creating an impact among the youth audience in Manipal and surrounding areas, Balakalakaar was held in Manipal University. The event was aligned to the cause of building an environment that helps improve the quality of life that is faced by the underprivileged children, creating an opportunity to help them discover and develop their potential in art forms of various types.
The event was held on the 1st of November at the KMC Greens in Manipal. It was a day-long event, where over 700 kids from various places like Manipal, Udupi, Kundapur, Mangalore and the surrounding regions were be brought to Manipal.
Some of the NGOs/orphanages that AIESEC Manipal University collaborated with, for the event are as follows: Balgraha (Mangalore), Bagini Samaj (Mangalore, run by a social worker, 60 years old NGO), Stella Maris convent (Beeri,15kms from Mangalore, NGO with a school), Shri Krishna Balaniketan (Run by Shree Krishna Temple near Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, udupi), St. Joseph (Kundapur, Girls orphanage), St Joseph (Mangalore), Maria Goretti (Kundapur), Namma Bhoomi (Kundapur), Asare (Manipal).
The event was attended by officials of Manipal University, and attracted volunteers from all over Manipal University.
The agenda for Balakalakaar ‘11 were as follows:-
10:00 AM: Assemble at the venue
10:30 AM: Collect all art mediums. (Paints, brushes, crayons, paper etc)
11:00 AM: Painting Workshop begins
1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM: dance, fun and games.
3:00 PM: Event ends