Jeevan was looking at ways of how to break the children’s routine in their Ashakuteer Orphanage. From morning till evening, their days look the same, art classes were a way to recreate them and provide extra activity on weekends. Besides enjoying relaxing time, painting could improve children’s creativity, imagination and confidence levels.
ProEngage Orientation Kit helped Sulagna to organize the project from the start, to plan the project deliverables and timelines in order to meet the NGO’s needs. She understood that Jeevan wants her to teach the children greeting cards creation, these would serve as a personalized gift to their donors. She had to decide all the other details by herself. She figured out that she has to plan the type of cards based on the occasions when sponsors would visit their beneficiaries. Before each class she would instruct the NGO what kind of painting material they should prepare.
The NGO was very happy with Sulagna’s approach and effort. “She has the heart for it, she is very interested in teaching. She also had done her homework - what the children need, what is their learning capacity, she could see it right after the first meeting. She has done a good assessment to reach the organization’s goal, she could think from a bigger perspective.”They have planned for 4 weekend classes, but at the end Sulagna gave 7 sessions.
For Sulagna, commuting was a challenge. She had to travel to the NGO facility for 1 hour, so half of her day would be occupied by this activity. But as she mentioned “They were very hospitable. The NGO has arranged a pickup to pick me up close to the MRT stop every time. They treated me very nicely.”
At the beginning she felt it was very unorganized, but once she understood their requirements it became much more clear. “I also wanted to reorganize the classes - to examine how each of the kids is performing - so I can understand how well I'm teaching them, but due to the covid pandemic, it didn't happen.”