Kuttikkootam summer camp 2023 for children was organised from 18th to 20th May 2023. Around 40 children participated in the 3-day residential camp at Jubilee Memorial Animation Centre, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram. Kuttikkoottam 2023 was inaugurated by Mr T K Rajeev Kumar, the renowned director in the Malayalam film industry. The inauguration was followed by a drawing session by famous artist Mr Binu Kottarakkara.
Day 1 had fun activities for the children like ice-breaking session, indoor and outdoor games etc. The children and the volunteers were keen to attend the awareness class on cybercrimes and cyber security conducted by Cyber Police.
The children were looking forward to the second day with a great deal of excitement, as it was the day of the outing. It started with a refreshing yoga session in the morning. The volunteers, staff and the interns were as eager as the children about the trip. We were fortunate enough to get two school buses from the Govt. VHS Manacaud. The first destination was Veli tourist village and upon reaching there, everyone went directly for boating, followed by a train ride, both of which the children enjoyed tremendously. We thank the Tourism department and the Dy. Director Veli Tourist village profusely, for waiving off the entry fee and the ticket fare for the boat ride and the train ride.
Afterwards, the whole team went for a movie. We had organised a private screening of “2018: Everyone is a hero” at PVR at Lulu Mall, Thiruvananthapuram, featuring the Kerala floods of 2018, the memories of which were still fresh. It was a wonderful reminder of how everyone stood together during those difficult days.
Now it was time to return to the camp centre. The day ended with cultural programs by the children.
The third and final day started with an energetic zumba dance session for the children in the morning, after which there was a session related to career opportunities and stress management that would help them in their future endeavours. The day concluded with a closing ceremony where the children interacted with the chairman of Pallium India, Dr. M R Rajagopal.
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The children shared their experiences of the camp during the closing ceremony. All of them loved the entire program very much and they didn’t want the camp to end. Many of the students were watching a film in a theatre for the first time. Some of the children got emotional while expressing their feelings and the joy that they felt during the camp. The staff as well as the volunteers were extremely delighted as the Kuttikkootam camp which was being conducted after 3 years turned out be a success, creating precious memories in the children’s minds.
There was a Dress Bank which was kept in the rooms where the children could select and take home some good dresses which they liked. These were all donations from volunteers and well-wishers. Almost all the children took home some clothes, and a sense of pride was visible in their faces as they took some to gift their siblings. Our profound gratitude to those wonderful souls who sent in these clothes for our children.
(Report prepared by Sreekanth A P, Community Social Officer, Pallium India.)