I loved wall painting. That time doing mural with you was a very good time of my life. I felt very good and was very happy with you. I want you to teach me more. Thank you for coming to Jamghat and spending so much time with us.
Faruq (15 years)
I had the chance to meet the kids after the session with Saba Hasan. What stood out most was a sense of pride the children felt at creating something. I feel academics and scholastic learning squeezes the fun out of a sense of true achievement because in a way the lesson has been thrashed a hundred times before a result is issued. Art is fresh, it is immediate and instant and I saw its impact on the children. They had a very 'live and fresh' sense of creating something. Secondly, the art itself was so beautiful that I could sense the effect this beauty had on them. The peeling walls and dilapidated look was completely and utterly transformed in the few, simple images they painted. I feel as human beings we are programmed to react to beauty, to absorb it and draw from it. It might be hyperbolic to say it gives them hope, but not really - maybe the level of hope doesn't shoot from 0 to 100 immediately, but being surrounded by beauty helps in feeling less despondent.
Mansi Chaturvedi-Sharma, State Programme Coordinator, Dil Se Homes
I was apprehensive when I started the first project with Artreach. I thought a group of boys with a wide age range of 6-18 would be a hard demographic to manage. I needn't have worried. They were the most wonderful children to work with. Not only did they have bundles of enthusiasm but they were also warm, polite and amazingly helpful not only with the fun jobs but also the boring ones such as washing brushes and clearing up.
Working with Artreach and the Salaam Baalak Trust was a fantastic and rewarding experience. In a week we transformed a depressing and claustrophobic room into a bright and uplifting space for the children to live in. By the end of the week I was exhausted but so happy, and when Artreach contacted me to see if I would be interested to help with a second project I jumped at the chance.
Lettie Blackett, Artist