Connecting local responses around the world
After holding Knowledge Fair in Kazan we – Ruslan, Kamilla, Ilgiz (participants of
the Kazan Fair and training for trainers) made a visit to 12-14 years old pupils in a children
art school. We conducted «Dance for life» project with SALT visit elements.
First of all we created interactions between us by listening their knowledges about HIV and AIDS, what’s the difference
between them, can we beat it together
and how. We asked their opinion about people living with HIV and whether
they are worthy of tolerance. At the beginner of the visit it was uncomfortable
atmosphere for us, cause children were tired after classes and they didn’t want
to listen anything. However we had a
warmer climate in the room after doing
some joint actions like playing the games, dancing, viewing the video. In this way during the conversation with
children they became more open for sharing with their feelings about a healthy
We have noticed that children have flexible mind and react very quickly for important questions.
They don’t hide their emotions and
say what they think without prolonged deliberation. So it’s realy easy process to find common
ground for constructive dialogue with them. The most inspiring answer for my
question : «What will you do if you find out that your friend or your neighbor
has HIV?» was from young beauty girl who
said that «human remains a human in any situations, and the dangerous disease
cannot prevent friendship or kind attitude towards people living with HIV». We are very thankful for every person in this
group, they were rather active and openhearted.
In the end of our visit young painters promised us to create pictures about healthy life stile, real friendship and about
joint victory over HIV/AIDS. These paintings will be sold in the charity
Auction and the money will go for supporting children living with HIV. Some of
the pupils wanted to be in our team as volunteers and we were very glad for
this desire and of course invited them for training for volunteers. We hope it wasn’t our last attendance to this school, cause the
meeting was fine and teachers and pupils wish to see us again.