The ‘Festivals of Lights’ widely known as Diwali. Diwali is a five-day festival for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. This shows the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Last Sunday The Sreepur Village family celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm. All of our children, mothers and staff attended the festival and thoroughly enjoyed it.
During the morning with the leadership of our resident artist, Milan, our ‘little painters’ group decorated under the big water tank with artworks. It was an awesome activity of colour and patterns. All the children gathered under the big water tank and they waited excitedly to see the finished effort. As you can see it looked marvellous!
The second phase of preparation began from noon. Beside paintings, our mothers and staff decorated under the big water tank with diyas, candles, and earthen pots. Those celebrating Diwali light traditional earthenware oil lamps called ‘diyas’ which are said to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.
The prime celebration started in the afternoon with a cultural program. Our older girls performed dances and our mothers sung the songs. The festival was enlightened by the different performances of our staff. The main attraction of the event was lighting the diyas and candles. The big water tank area, admin office, clinic and the main gate were illuminated by hundreds of diyas and candles.
Our Overseas Director Pat Kerr also enjoyed the festivals with children and mothers by lighting the candles and dancing.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.
It's British Science Week, 11th 20th March, and one of the activities that the Sreepur Village runs is the creation and nurturing of sack gardens.
This is an aspect of the Mothers Talking Everyday Science project and is a particularly important activity because when the mothers return to mainstream society they will be experienced in how to prepare a container in which to grow food plants and how to care for them.