It’s not every day that you get to see doctors conducting painting sessions for children. But on Sunday, two city doctors who also run an NGO, have organised a painting camp for destitute and orphan kids.
Dr Debraj Shome, a facial plastic surgeon and Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, a bariatric surgeon, who together started the Debabrata Auro Foundation in November last year, conducted a painting workshop for differently-abled children at Asha Daan (a home for abandoned, specially-abled children) in Byculla.
“Art uplifts the state of mind and helps to heal a person at the deepest levels. During the three hours that we spent painting with these kids, we could feel their enthusiasm and vivacity. It was heartening to see that though life has not given these children much to choose from, they have made the choice to be happy,” said Dr Aparna.
The NGO have been helping Asha Daan and Shanti Daan ashram (Borivli) with medicines and other requirements. This time, Dr Debraj and Dr Aparna decided to spend time with the children and encourage them for painting. “These children stumped us with their infectious energy and willingness to live life. Nine-year-old Aastha, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and has been on a wheelchair for the past few years, but that does not prevent her from wielding a pencil and a paint brush. She loves to paint and is extremely good at it. Although I have two normal hands, I cannot paint the way they have done it,” said Dr Debraj.
Like Aastha, there are over 450 inmates at Asha Daan — a home for differently-abled and destitute children and adults. Abandoned by their families, most of these children suffer from various degrees of disabilities like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc.
“Although they have been abandoned by their families, their enthusiasm is unmatchable. This is our third visit to Missionaries of Charity centres and the happiness they have given to us and vice versa cannot be matched up with money,” said Dr Debraj.
The NGO has planned to auction the paintings and the proceedings will be used for the welfare of these children. “So far, we have sold nine paintings. The money generated from these paintings will be used to buy rain shoes and textbooks for them,” Dr Debraj added.
For people who want to contribute to the cause taken up by Dr Debraj and Dr Aparna can log on to http://daf.foundation/art-gallery/ for more information.