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POWER OF YOUTH: R.Arun (left) and V.Vivek who have formed ‘Youth Helping Hands’, a youth group that aims to help children in orphanages in the city.
POWER OF YOUTH: R.Arun (left) and V.Vivek who have formed ‘Youth Helping Hands’, a youth group that aims to help children in orphanages in the city.

Anasuya Menon

It will impart knowledge in art, craft, music and dance

COIMBATORE: Born and brought up in an orphanage, 22-year-old R.Arun knows only too well what life in an orphanage entails.

“Most of us who have spent our growing years in an orphanage have suffered from very low self esteem at some point in our lives. While some come out of it, most don’t. Their talents go unrecognised and they rarely put in effort in developing it,” he says.

He has formed a group, “Youth Helping Hands,” which will extend help to children at orphanages in developing their talents and enriching their creative interests. The group will impart knowledge in art, craft, music and dance to underprivileged children in orphanages in the city. Though children in orphanages are sent to schools, their education is most often confined to the four walls of the classroom. Opportunities in cultivating interest in sports or other extra curricular activities are few, Arun observes. And for children with physical or mental disabilities, opportunities are fewer still.

Having left Families for Children, Podanur, where he spent 20 years of his life, Arun wanted to give something back to his alma mater. He chose music for higher studies and joined the Government College of Music at R.S.Puram. He began earning his living by performing for orchestras. He has also formed an orchestra group of his own, called ‘Nilambari.’

Economic independence and a busy college schedule however did not slow down Arun’s desire to do something for children of his ilk. He discussed the idea with a few like-minded friends and they formed the group. The group has seven members now.

They will visit orphanages in the city and identify the needs of the children. They plan to create a database of the orphanages, the number of children, their needs, education and the number of those with disabilities.

“It will be a source of entertainment and an opportunity for the children to develop their talents,” says V.Vivek, a professional choreographer, who is also a member of the group. Introducing sponsors to the orphanages will also be part of the group’s activities. Instead of donating clothes and food, people, especially the youth, could sponsor the children’s educational needs, Vivek observes. The group would welcome like-minded individuals who would like to join them in their activities.

R.Arun can be contacted at 9345559815.

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