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 life stile.
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.