While many people carry the desire of contributing for a cause, a few successfully walk past all the impediments and create something significant.
Among such people are these four passionate and young entrepreneurs who founded a non-governmental organization called ‘The Labhya Foundation’ in the year 2017. “Labhya” is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘within reach’.
While many NGOs tackle societal problems – the unique aspect of their vision was to make volunteering more dedicated which is crucial for sustainability of non profits.
The areas of expertise of team include – Urban healthcare solutions, education in sensitive areas , Rehabilitation, advocacy, and play therapy in Rohingya refugee camps , Holistic primary education in metropolitan cities. These areas they chose are simply diverse and much needed.
As the saying goes – a flower blossoms in a conducive environment. While many blame the flower or seed for not ‘blossoming on time’, some choose to work on making environment more conducive. Project Lape works on providing such value based education for future of country – our children. Their vision is to invest time and efforts for such environment through art.
Their first project called Project LAPE was conceived out of the dire need for a change in children’s learning environment. Through this project, they aim to build and take forward, an initiative that the Government of India proposed and implemented in 2006 called Building As Learning Aid (BaLA).
Why did they choose art out of all of the ways?
The first reason for choosing art is because they want something remarkable and something which stays. They painted school walls with art works – again two sided impact. Volunteers have something lasting to feel content enough. Students have great environment to blossom now !!.
Art is the strongest medium through which schools can build values like empathy and compassion among children. Visuals cause a faster and stronger reaction than words. They help students engage with the content, and such emotional reactions influence information retention.
Also, according to the researchers across the globe, ”children grow faster than usual, work ability and grades are improved and catarrhal infections are fewer” when their learning environment is colorful and interactive.
The Labhya Foundation created a volunteer based program to create a highly engaging environment for students in low-income MCD schools. Since the audience for the art was a group of very young, impressionable minds, a lot of thought was put into deciding what will be suitable and what might not be as appropriate.
While, answering these questions, important design theories such as the color theory, science of perspective and design principles were read and discussed. To introduce children to common topics such as the Solar System, or Water Cycle, a conscious effort was made to create artworks in tribal art forms. Their work has helped their partner school earn recognition from the Directorate of Education, Delhi.
The founders say that they find themselves immensely happy when they see that children have drawn or colored over their illustrations. They see it as a success. At Labhya, they say, “spoiling is good”.
Making everyone – students, teachers, parents and the community as stake holders is one key to success for the project so far. As a part of Phase II, they worked on what is needed for tomorrows leaders and in their own words –
The need of the hour is making our children’s moral fibre so strong that we are able to nurture empathetic leaders of tomorrow who are able to make decisions on the basis of sound moral principles.
Values cannot be taught and they can only be imparted. And its a herculean task to build a learning system which imparts values and which involves community as a whole !! Labhya has taken up this task and The Positive India wishes them the best !!
Labhya has another notable and brave initiative – Bastar Ta Poloi meaning “Stories of Bastar” aims at showing to world what is unknown about tribals of Chattisgarh – their rich culture and way of life. At a risk of being termed as ‘propagating a agenda’, they are still doing this to nurture a friendship across different cultures and help the new generation get rid of stereotypes around each other’s communities, while also embracing each other’s diversities.
This work by Labhaya’s founder deserves a salute from the whole country !!
You can reach them at http://www.labhya.org/contact