Art Works! Sangai Khelaun, Ghyachowk
Date: 12nd June 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Ghyachok, Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal
Age Group: 4-16
Ghyachok VDC lies just opposite Barpak, along the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. Over 500 homes were destroyed because of the quake and 16 people lost their lives. At least three villages – Baspot, Thumgaon, and Milim – were having to relocate due to risk of landslides. Before the earthquake people had finally built their homes and brought electricity and water to their villages. When we were there, they were just starting to pick themselves up. They were bracing themselves for the coming monsoon. The arts were a part of their everyday lives, of their hopes and struggles.
'Over 300 children, including children in ECDC and students from Class 1 to 10 sang, danced, played circus games, read quietly, and drew. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and teenagers sat in concentric circles around the school ground and watched the workshops and performances by their children and our artists. They even joined some of the activities as their children laughed and worked together, shedding their fear and inhibition. The community tapped into their own creative resources – their own dance forms, songs, and music.
The clouds parted each morning for the day's work. We received the amazing hospitality of Janachetana Aama Samuha, the school community, and Dhwoj Gurung.