On the 14th of January, 2016, our service went to gather the measurements of the prison for other external painting jobs that the maintenance staff of the prison should paint. I made a document organizing the information and what we decided needed to be painted, as per what Ms. Rangika (our teacher supervisor/leader) had suggested:
The prison has already accepted to paint these walls and replace the door.
For our personal mural, the painting date was postponed several times by the prison due to a new commissioner of the prison and now due to International Women’s Day, other groups are working in the prison and therefore we couldn’t go. However, Ariana, one of the leaders of the service, managed to get a sponsor from the German Embassy to go ahead and provide funds for the paint supplies needed to paint this wall of the children’s ward in the prison.
We are still working on making sure this can be filmed and recorded, despite the strict rules of the prison, because we want some lasting memory of it and to be able to share it with our OSC community what this service has achieved recently.
For now, in the upcoming Food & Fun Fair that our school hosts, we will have an opportunity to hold a Holi fundraising event and there will be more news on that as the date approaches.
Update: unfortunately, even after several attempts at contacting the prison to repaint walls and fix the daycare with our contributions, we had to wait weeks upon weeks until the school year came to a close and they had kept stalling the process… however, I am still satisfied with the design and our initiative. I hope the paints we did give to them went towards good use.