Stories of children and tacklers from the Tackle world

Stories of children and tacklers from the Tackle world

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exploring creativity with 'Wool'

Free play week is when the children are provided with one material in abundance, this week's material was 'Wool'. Describing her experience with the material, one of our interns shares, "I particularly loved each moment of this particular Caravan...we played, made so many braids, and danced. The Caravan had so much energy and there was more productivity especially in the craft section. Boys were more excited than the girls and equally patient while we were making those braids.
Kids were waiting for their turns for making braids. I think you don't need a lot of things for teaching kids, one simple material as wool can teach a lot. For instance patience, craft, adjustment, sharing, and so much more.."
- Simran Agrawal

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mud clay= Fun and Play

During  Free play the children were given mud clay and were given the freedom to explore their creativity. One of our Interns shared how mud clay was used beautifully by the children at the Caravan. "Play with clay is one of the expressive art techniques, and I actually saw theory meeting a practical base in the session. The children were so calm while playing with the clay. The statues they made were absolutely magnificent, and there was a lot of group work, coordination and collaboration that we encountered during the session."
- Pratishtha Raj

Simple agenda of Life- 'Sharing and Caring'

Sharing about her Caravan experience one of the Interns said, "There was this boy called Shiva constantly asking me whether I had lunch or what.... and then when students were having lunch...they even asked us volunteers too join them...felt like with whatever little they had they were willing to share..."
- Priyanka S 

*Names changed for privacy

The Community walk experience....

Talking about the Community walk experience, one of the Interns said, "Since it was the community walk today...I walked with these two kids Ramesh and Suresh. I think I was wrong in one major thing....I was under this assumption that the kids if are opening up will only talk about difficulties, disturbing circumstances of life! But Suresh changed that whole perspective and spoke about the Happiness in life. He spoke about how happy his family is. He asked me whether I'll come to his house because his house is really small and asked whether I'll mind that aspect. But he also told me that in-spite of the fact that his house is small...he said it's filled with happiness.  I too told him its the same with me.....small house but loads of happiness...for which he gave me Hi5! He was happy that I was like him too and had a house like him. He was happy about this. Seeing him happy made me happy. A happy happy day it was!"
- Rithika A

The little change......

Talking about the power of interaction and play, one of the Interns said, "Prabhu, who was rather aggressive last week, showed a great change in his attitude today. Although he did hit me every now and then, he realised that i wasn't comfortable with it and sat down and talked to me instead.  It was really nice to see this little change in him."
Spruha Reddy

*Names changed for privacy. 

The NEW 'Hide and Seek'

On being introduced to a revised version of Hide and seek, which involved greater interaction among the play-mates, one of the Intern responded saying, "Hide and seek was a brilliant idea and I saw that many volunteers got a chance to get closer to the kids. I would really like to have more such games. It made me understand the kids better and they were enthusiast about the idea too."
-Spruha Reddy

Bringing out the best in children....

Tackle Caravan is a place where the children are allowed to express themselves in the context of unconditional acceptance and support, which in turn brings out the best in them. As one of our Interns said, "A small compliment and little encouragement can bring out the best in a kid. He just needs a little bit attention and acceptance."
- Madhukrishna Bhuyan 

Free Play and Hidden Talents

Expressing her understanding of Free play, one of the Interns said, "Each child has different needs and interests. We should be able to identify it and encourage them. Free play helps us learn more from the children and about the children. By these free play sessions, I think we can develop the hidden talents or interests in the children."
Mary Jennifer V.M. 

The Little Teachers

Talking about how the children are amazing teachers, one of the Interns said, "More than what the kids get to learn from's the other way round. We get to learn so much from them. Today was helping few kids at the arts and craft stall...they were so involved and interested in teaching the others the skills they possessed!  Teaching it with so much care and encouragement was such a beautiful thing to do and see. Learnt a lot of amazing crafties. It was a good day."
-Rithika A 

Just express yourself......

Expressing her joy of dancing for the first time, one of the Interns said, "To a person who has always shied away from activities like dancing or any sort of things which need you to express yourself a lot. I have always been just an audience!  But today I danced.  Forgot about everything and gave it a try. This was because of a kid there who really insisted on me shaking a leg with him. I couldn't even think of saying a 'No' to him. He made me do something I never thought I'll do in this lifetime. I owe a lot to this kid for making me do something I never I have never done.. For people reading it, this might look like Ohh! What's the big thing in dancing....only I know how much that means. Going to spend some quality time in the dance stall from now on during the Caravan."
- Rithika. A

I became a child again.....

One of the volunteers became nostalgic while expressing her thoughts, she said, "I learnt to be a child again. I learnt that you should do what you like with hesitation or be conscious of what other's might think of you."
-Priyadarshini T 

"Akka and Anna, we care about you"

When one of the volunteers felt dizzy, the children took great care of her. She says, “I realized that the kids really care about us. When I felt dizzy after playing a game, they asked me whether I was okay or not. They seemed concerned.”
-Medha Dey

There is always a first time….

Sharing her experience about how her first experiences, one of the Intern said, “This Saturday I just did everything that I never did in my life at all. I played football, I told stories, I also danced even though I didn't know how to dance as I have never danced before. It was awesome.”
- Pavithra.S

The much awaited Saturdays

Expressing her joy about the Caravan, one of the interns said, “I realized that the children really love us and wait for us to come every Saturday.  They really care about us and make sure that even we are happy. It really touched me when the kids showed so much concern over my hurt hand.”
- Medha Dey 

We the Inspirations…

Reflecting on the Caravan, one of the Interns said, “I learnt that children pay attention to each and everything we do. The way we react and respond to them matters a lot. They learn from us. So we must make sure that we not only tell them what to do and what is right but also set an example.”
- Mary Jennifer V.M. 

Pots of infinite talents and constrained sorrows

“Highlight of the Caravan this time was Heera, so talented and creative. He just came and sat next to me. He asked if he could do the craft stuff which everyone were doing. He ended up doing such great work. He was a very silent kid, but as soon as he was appreciated for the work he did he was so elated and the smile he have made my day.
All the kids there if not everyone but at least a few have many problems but they don't show it out. I'm very sure if I was in their place I wouldn't have even had half their energy and enthusiasm for Life. These kids are amazing they don't show all that our and just try and make us happy who are just going to spend like 3 hours with them.”
- Rithika A

*Names changed for privacy purpose. 

We are 'Special'

At the Caravan every ‘Akka’ and every ‘Anna” is special and so are the kids. The joys that these interactions may bring are intangible. Recalling her experience an intern says “I was overwhelmed at this Caravan session as the girl who was teaching me how to make a flower asked me whether I was going to take the flower home or was I going to throw it away. The moment I said I'm going to take it home she felt really happy and she enjoyed making it even more and that act of hers made me feel really really happy and so special.”
- Annie Shimron 

Re-living my Passion

Tackle Caravan is not only a place where the interaction with the children, helps us understand them, but also a place where one is accepted just the way he/she is. One is given the freedom to engage in activities that heal the soul.
“When I walked in through that gate most of the kids just left what they were doing. They ran towards me and hugged me and welcomed me. It was just so beautiful and heart-warming. I was completely overwhelmed.
I'm completely in love with the Caravan. The whole idea of playing and being with the kids is absolutely lovely. I'm someone who loves dancing but has no time for it and here in the Caravan I literally dance at a stretch. Though I may get exhausted the energy and the enthusiasm from the kids keeps me going.”
- Annie Shimron 

Whole-hearted acceptance

Tackle Caravan is all about the Unconditional love and acceptance. It’s about about the bond we share. “The kids all remembered me by my name, which isn't easy to pronounce. They ran towards me and made me feel included in all their activities, though I wasn't particularly good at any of the games.” As one of our intern recalls her experience and we are surprised at the size of the hearts of these children.
- Spruha K Reddy 

Other before self……

As one looks at the underlying meaning of life, one may ponder on thought of purpose of life. As one of our interns describes her experience she says Tackle Caravan is all about “Taking a break from life by doing something for someone who is not related to you, without any selfish desire.” It is probably one of the deeds where we think of the other before the self.
-Preethi Prasanna 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Contagious Energy

One of the interns was overwhemled by the response of the children, expressing her happiness she said, "The kids were so welcoming even though we were complete strangers.The energy the kids had was just contagious!:)"
- Natasha Joel

The Power of Play!

The impact of play and its importance was also experienced through the activities at the Caravan. "It taught me that play as a powerful tool can break any barrier that arises in terms of age, gender, language etc... it helps us to bring in the child like behavior hidden in us.....waiting for next caravan."
- Priyanka.S.

Stress Buster :)

The whole session is a stress buster in itself and our volunteers also swear by it. As one of the interns says “Blithesome and cheerful faces of kids and playful environment in the school made me forget my muddiness.”
- Simran Agrawal

Immense Potentials!

Sharing her experience one of the intern was completely awestruck by the talents of the children. She said “The highlight according to me was the music the children created from the empty water tank and table. It was amazing to see such talent. In fact I was really awed by the mastery and synchrony among the children.”
- Prathistha Raj.

Play has 'NO' Barriers!

Language is often one of the greatest worries of the interns. Another intern also expressed how the child there played an important role in her interactions at the Caravan, she says,
"I met one boy he was very sweet and little shy. I did colouring with him and we became friends. The best part was that he was my Kannada translator. He was explaining to me what other children were saying in Kannada, it was fun.
- Sumedha

Pleasant Surprises!

Pleasantly surprised at the incident that happened at the Caravan, one of our intern says,
"A kid named Aman was dancing so much that his shirt got dirty. When my friend was dusting it, he said, "Akka, it's OK. I'll wash it myself". So we asked him why he wanted to worry because his mother will wash it for him. So he replied, "No akka. I wash my clothes myself and I don't want my mother to work because she is a nice lady. Isn't it a cute act of the kid?"
- Ruhuma Susan Kuruvilla

*The names of the children have been changed for privacy.

When Nostalgia Strikes!!!!

 As she recalled her childhood days and related it to her experiences at the Caravan,
"I can still ride a bicycle and I can still be a child with a child. It's been years that I interacted with children so closely. There is a lot that I need to get back on."
- Preethi Prasanna

First Experiences :)

One of our intern's first experience at the Caravan, reflecting on the session she says,
“Even in my dreams I've never thought I'll play like the way I played on Saturday. Was happy to know that the child in me hasn't expired and still lived and came alive on Saturday.”
- Rithika A

Connecting through names

One of the Interns shared an incident that brought a smile on all our faces. She says “I got a name : Noodle akka...  One girl came to me and asked, why are my hair like noodles so I said,"because they are noddles only"... Eventually many children started calling me Noodles akka!!”
-Vigya Jain

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sameness and newness!

Once upon a time, there was a girl who went for a caravan. She did this every week and wasn't expecting anything new, because she'd been doing this for nearly four months now. So, she was surprised to find that there was still an aura of novelty to it. Walking into the caravan, she looked in awe at the kids who somehow, despite the blistering heat were running and playing as if their lives depended on it. She had to stop for a second and just watch in wonder because she knew that she wouldn't be able to do that; she was pretty sure that she'd never been able to do that. She shook her head and walked inside and was swept into the bustle of the caravan. There's a feel to it, you know. The smell of heat, and kids and sweat and dirt and enthusiasm and crayons and happiness and everything, all enveloped her in its warm embrace, and it was nice. And the kids were wonderful, because they just were there. She was surprised that they hadn't gotten bored of her yet, just as she still found them interesting. And it wasn't any particular interaction that cemented that for her, not on that day, it was just the sameness of it, and at the same time, the newness.

--Neharika Nair

Friday, January 24, 2014

Blocks of fun!

Some of the kids decided to play a game of 'Building Blocks. The best part of the day was when one of the tacklers started playfully destroying the block structures built by the kids. However, the kids started  having started enjoying the game more than ever. I never thought that the kids would be this sweet,enjoyable and patient with the tacklers and it was fun watching them.

-- KC Ula Zingkhai

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last caravan!

I knew it was going to be a sad one, especially after six months of being there. Those kids were the reason I dragged myself out of bed every Saturday morning.
It was going to be a memorable caravan. The children greeted me with hugs and flowers and kisses. 
The theater performance was amazing. In my entire six months I have never seeing the children so involved was beautiful. It was all in all one of the bet caravans ever. Though it ended all teary, it was a journey I'll never forget. 

--Anahita Bhandari, 

Theatre and fun

The turnout today seemed larger than usual, but the day was still quite sober. I was welcomed with the usual hugs, and requests for piggyback rides
The theatre group from Christ college arrived to entertain the kids. The skit which the troupe put up allowed for a lot of interaction and flexible roles. Many times, the kids would go up on the stage area and contribute to the skit, a clear indication of their excitement and enjoyment. The interaction between the actors and the kids held their attention till the end. They loved the troupe so much that when it was time to say goodbye, they were not allowed to leave (or the process was made considerably more difficult). 

-- Ahalya Acharya,

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

End of a chapter!

The caravan started around 2 P.M. We started with getting the kids to color a few pictures and do puzzles.
We finished around 4, with the usual chaos around the mike. We got the kids to form a circle and sing "too tee ta" and said our goodbyes.
And that is when the feeling of the last caravan began to sink in and I realized that from next Saturday, I wouldn't be coming here. There would be no more 'Hi Akka's!!' and no more hugs and smiles from the little ones. I had this terrible feeling of leaving something I loved.

I've had the most amazing Saturdays during the past five months. Tackle has been a very different and nice experience. It has taught me look at things differently, and has given me a chance to do something that made me a happier and a better person.

--Sara Fathima