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The Banyan Experience

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The IAYP Service schedule involves a committed service rendered by the members to any community to help them get back into the mainstream of life. This can be done in various ways. One such is Art. The IAYP Art group of the CPS Global School, Thirumazhisai had three activities planned for the members of The Banyan, Home for Mentally ill women: a simple origami dog, thread painting, and paint blowing to make hair on a drawn person. The group had plenty of fun learning to make these simple and fun projects, but the members of Banyan had more fun. They were very interactive throughout the session and seemed enthusiastic to do the activities. The students were unanimous that the Banyan members did a much better job on the projects than them! At the end of the day, the goal was to teach them something, to help them go back to their families and live normal lives. However, at the end of the day even through all the fun, the students taught them art, but more importantly, they taught the students, patience and compassion.

The sports group was assigned to play and have some exercise with the members. After a few warm up exercises and easy tasks like passing the ball, slowly the activities became more complex such as bouncing the balls while passing and clapping to receive the ball. Then, the students enthused them further with more challenging tasks like running around and passing the ball to their team mates. Finally, the session ended with activities like musical chair. It was a fun session to play with the clients and a challenging one too as the IAYP members had to keep up the enthusiasm of the physically tiring activities.


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