Shruthi said she would keep painting, so she could buy gifts for her friends at the orphanage and for other pe…Read More
BENGALURU: A seven-year-old girl has been using the time off school to paint and raise funds for an orphanage in her neighbourhood. Shruthi J started the initiative with the help of NGO Reachout India and has collected Rs 10,000 by selling her artwork. Her target is Rs 50,000.
“I started drawing and raising money because I want my friends at the shelter to have the same things that I do,” said the third-grader from Capitol Public School in JP Nagar.
She has already gifted books, toys and stationery to the 25 kids staying at Prasanna Jyothi Ashram. Shruthi’s father, G Jeyachandran, is a social worker and they visit the place every month and on special occasions.
“Shruthi plays with them, sharing treats and toys. She would often ask me: ‘Why do these children not have toys and clothes like me?’ I explained to her how these children came here. She said she wanted to help them and started painting during lockdown,” Jeyachandran said.
Prod from parents
Initially, Shruthi wanted to give away most of her toys to them, but the parents encouraged her to use her skills and help them. Her mother, V Kavitha, who is an artist, animator and jewellery designer, taught her how to paint. Shruthi began drawing around March-end and had 50 paintings by Mayend. Jeychandran then contacted Reachout India, founded by Manasa Rao and Shishira Johny, to raise funds through the work. Rao said the response from buyers and donors had been good. “People are contributing to encourage Shruthi’s extraordinary spirit. Though her work is priced Rs 250 onwards, several people are donating more to support the cause,” Rao said.
Shruthi said she would keep painting, so she could buy gifts for her friends at the orphanage and for other people in need.