Braving challenges with deft creations

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Children of Mythri Institute for Mentally Challenged have proved that their marketing skills are at best as there has been a good sale of the decoration products for the Deepavali festival crafted by them.

WIth a difference A student of Mythri Institute for Mentally Challenged waits for the customers. DH photo

It was an opportunity for children to showcase their skills as well as for people to see the special kids at work.

On sale were the lamps with wax, candles, gel candles and tea lights in different colours, shapes. Wide range of candles from spiral to pyramid, star, block, the long ones, multi-coloured were on display in the two-day exhibition-cum-sale of their products. People cravingly picked up the ones suitable for their needs. 

Owing to the modifications in the celebration of the festival of lights- Deepavali, the traditional lamps have been successfully replaced by the candles and even the waxed lamps.

The children here have even proved their skill by giving the products a touch of craftsmanship. Waxed lamps are gaining popularity as people depend on them to decorate their compounds mainly.

Managing trustee Prithvi Sudinder speaking to Deccan Herald said that the school was apprehensive while organising the event as it was done for the first time on the premises of Mythri.

But the fear was proved unfounded by the children who fantastically marketed their products more efficiently. Children interacted with people explaining them each and every part of the candle making process which made people to buy products.

Though the candle making is not new for the school nor the exhibition, conducting one such on own premises, was a definitely a new one. As in the expos organised elsewhere, children are not taken and it is volunteers who market the products, she adds.

Training

Among 34 special kids in the school, as many as 17 are selected for the candle making training, which provides them an opportunity to be self reliant in financial aspects. Though the kids get a pension from the government, they have no specific income to take home. Mythri has provided a platform to encourage the intellectually challenged children to earn their bread by involving them in such industrial activities.

Quality

Explaining the quality of the products, Prithvi says, the ‘reusable wax’ is not used in manufacturing the candles at Mythri. Only the pure wax crystals are used. She claims the candles crafted by the children are of first class quality. 

She said though the exhibition was only for two days, people are ordering the candles on the facebook page Mythri Charitable Trust where an event ‘Light a candle with Mythri’ is created to facilitate buyers.

People can even contact her on 9845442886 for details on purchasing.

Drawing teacher Anuradha Girish said that the large crowd thronged the premises to buy the products and both the lamps and candles were sold on par.

In all, the sale in expo has obviously encouraged the kids and even the Mythri to conduct such expos on the premises in future. The expo served the purpose of the organisation which strives to fill self confidence in the special kids.

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