Children express need for peace through canvas

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 4:

The children living in the Child Protection Home, Siphal and those working as hawkers today expressed the need of peace in the country in their paintings prepared atop Dharahara.

CPH is an an organisation housing children whose parents are in jails. Thirty eight children participating in the drawing competition had an opportunity to observe Kathmandu Valley from the top of Dharahara. The drawing competition on the theme My Country and Peace was organised by Nepal Child Organisation. One of the participant, Sagar Rai, 13, showing his drawing said, “It’s a thrilling experience to observe Kathmandu from the top, as the small houses, vehicles, temples are congested.”

Rai’s drawing stands out from others as he did not have Dharahara as a central figure. He said, “Since we were standing on Dharahara, we didn’t see it, but we saw trees which are rare in the city, and they are quite a lot in the hills. Children were taken to the top of Dharahara to observe the valley from there and upon descending from the tallest monument they expressed their experiences on the canvas. Kartikaya Ghimire, public relation officer of NCO said, “This is an attempt to explore the creativity of the children, living away from their parents and working as hawker by giving them a completely new experience.”