On the day of Food & Fun Fair that our school’s PTA hosts, we decided to hold a Holi event at the same time and fundraise for the prison’s children and to raise awareness of the issue. We also thought it was a good way to engage our school in a cultural celebration since it hasn’t been celebrated on school grounds in a long time.
We decided this because the prison was busy with other organizations working with the children. It prevented us from visiting them regularly as we once did I think it was still a good way to get the group actively engaged in some sort of planning. Together we thoroughly planned this event: from how to get powder, how to organize and promote the event, to cleanup.
The Holi event was a big success and went smoothly. We ran out of Holi powder quickly but for the good hour and half, a fair amount of people gathered and gave us tickets to play with their friends. We earned around 11,300Rs, for our idea to bring them outside of the prison for trips to the zoo and other supplies, such as cleaning supplies, bedsheets and toys.
I’m glad many people enjoyed it and were interested in the cause. Some people came solely to donate. I hope we get to see the children and provide them with more happiness.