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Our blog shares celebrations through pages of reflection & introspection, joy & laughter, tears & distress, adventures and our magic moments.

A spark of light can break the darkness

A spark of light can break the darkness

It is around 5.30 pm. A woman’s body has just been dismembered by a truck ramming into her while she walked with her family by the road side. This is near Nandini Hotel, 24th Main, JP Nagar. A crowd of about 150 has gathered. Some people have climbed the steps leading...

Crossing the threshold into a new experience

Crossing the threshold into a new experience

X is daunted by doorways. She stops dead in her tracks and cries loudly, sometimes bites her hands and refuses to enter or exit – depending on which side the doorway looms. As soon as she has crossed the threshold, she often smiles like the sun...

Shared Journeys with the Valley School interns

Shared Journeys with the Valley School interns

We had the pleasure of welcoming four interns from The Valley School to our Centre for the first two weeks of our summer school ‘Oh the places you’ll go!’ It seemed the theme of the summer school was so well-matched to the spirit brought in by the interns, for not...

The Pipilika Path (2018-2019)

The Pipilika Path (2018-2019)

Pipilika is Sanskrit for “ant”. When ants are at work, if there is an obstacle, they find their way around it but carry on with the work. Ants work with purpose, clarity, conviction and in well-coordinated teams. Our Pipilika team at Snehadhara seems to work exactly...

Bricolage 2019 with the children

Bricolage 2019 with the children

The whole centre has been on a craft and colour high these last three days. There has been a flurry of activity – facilitators running up and down the stairway while carefully setting up different rooms for different adventures; children splashing their hands and feet...

ABT as a complementary health practice

ABT as a complementary health practice

In the war between doing and being, much life is trampled. While we’re all tuned to trill out loud about our joys or sing soulfully of our sorrows, we train our voices to be silent or scream incoherently (when we can’t be silent anymore) because we can’t remember to...

Celebrations of Inclusion and Connection

Celebrations of Inclusion and Connection

A festival is an excuse to celebrate, sing together and love more loudly. Every festival has its unique flavour and Christmas brings with it a season of cheer, sharing, giving and loving unconditionally. For us at Snehadhara Foundation, the celebrations of the season...

Snehadhara’s Sixth Birthday – A Celebration of Expression

Snehadhara’s Sixth Birthday – A Celebration of Expression

Snehadhara’s sixth Birthday celebrated on December 5th at the Direct Care Centre in JP Nagar, was a grand event that brought many smiles and much cheering from facilitators, children, staff and parents. From months before, plants were grown, pots painted, menu plans...

Of Collaboration and Inclusion

Of Collaboration and Inclusion

Snehadhara Foundation and Snehagram (a Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre for Children Living with HIV) share more than the first half of their names. Working with vulnerable children and enabling them to take a lead in transforming their own lives – is the...

When differences disappeared

When differences disappeared

Charumathi Supraja and Bunty Shrestha of the Snehadhara team write about the House Concert held at Untitled Space in JP Nagar on 22nd September. It was just another beautiful House Concert. And yet, it was not just another beautiful House Concert. The simplest joys...

REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS

MANOJ INTERNED AT SNEHADHARA FOR TWO WEEKS IN JUNE. AN  MBA (F) FROM SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING, HE HAS EMBARKED ON A JOURNEY TO EXPLORE, DISCOVER, EXPERIENCE AND SERVE SOCIETY. THESE REFLECTIONS EMERGED AFTER HIS SHORT STINT AT SNEHADHARA AND HE...

In summer, the song sings itself.

In summer, the song sings itself.

  In summer, the song sings itself. William Carlos Williams   Every year in April, at Snehadhara, we shake up our bag of summer goodies and what emerges is a month full of exciting experiences and tremendous fun. We create new memories of what...

A Cave Within

A Cave Within

‘A Cave Within’, Snehadhara’s two-day workshop that offered a space of insights to look within as one explores a relationship with the world around. “The way out is the way within............. Be filled with wonder Be touched by peace” The Cave Within was an...

Being an educator

Being an educator

Being an educator isn’t about what you do; it’s about who you are. The best teachers and educators are those who bring their personality, passion, and experience into the classroom — they don’t just teach about a subject, they open up a conversation that includes...

My Reflections

My Reflections

Thoughtful musings of an intern from CFL, Nivedita Jajoo, who charmed us all with her enthusiasm, sensitivity and compassion. Her ability, to navigate through the 5 weeks of her internship with creativity and insightful observation, was evident in her presence at the...

Inclusion is Creating Conversations

Inclusion is Creating Conversations

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”  What’s the starting point? Morality and fairness? Or Success and effectiveness? I stepped out of a session on ‘Building inclusive classrooms through the Arts’...

The Reverberation of the rhythm and the rumble

The Reverberation of the rhythm and the rumble

Rennee writes about her experience co-facilitating a session with the UG students at IIPR. The session is a part of the certificate course titled ' Psycho-Socio Wellbeing using Arts and Play' offered jointly by Snehadhara and Headstreams. Fifteen enthusiastic students...

STANDING UP, in a classroom

STANDING UP, in a classroom

In our year long engagement with Kamala Niketan , Trichy we are working with the teachers in the schools to see how together we can look at arts as a tool to impart academic learning in classrooms. It has meant a lot of questioning, challenging existing methodologies...