Hello and thank you for visiting Emily and Varshini's funding page.
Between May and June, we will be delivering a 6 week project titled 'eternal sunshine' in a Udayan Care home for orphaned and abandoned girls in Delhi, India.
Working and living in a care home for young and teenage girls, providing pastoral support and delivering daily drama sessions our project aims to use Applied Theatre to build confidence and creative expression in these young women. By creating a space that the girls feel safe to express themselves and explore their lives in, we hope to encourage the girls to have raised self-esteem and a sense of identity.
The workshops we deliver will be centered around the children's picture book 'Cloudette' in which a little cloud has big dreams and struggles to realise its full potential. During her search for a place to fit in she discovers new adventures, new friends and her own strength and abilities in times of hardship. We will explore themes including: resilience, self-confidence, body image and, most importantly, hope.
The workshops will comprise of various strands: drama games, mindfulness practice, movement, self-affirmations and creative writing.
Why fund our project?
11 million children in India are living in care homes and over 90% of them are girls
Working with the young girls and applying our knowledge and experience of using theatre for social inclusion, the project hopes to give these young people access to a better future.
Who are we?
Emily Parrett and Varshini Pichemuthu are two students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying their Masters in Applied Theatre. Both Emily and Varshini have a lot of experience in working with vulnerable young people through drama.
Emily's experience includes:
- Designing and running projects for children in a North London primary school, working with children currently involved with the care system.
- Assisting at Haringeyshed inclusive theatre company and Travelling Light Theatre Company's children and youth theatre.
- Co-facilitating drama workshops at London Academy of Excellence.
- Teaching english and drama in rural Thailand.
- Co-facilitating drama workshops in a Mens' Prison and a Young Offenders' Institution.
- Practitioner-Plus for the National Citizen Service.
- I will be co-facilitating an intergenerational arts project in Ashford, Kent following this project.
- Co-formed and performed with touring feminist physical theatre company 'Tight Theatre' whilst at University.
- Qualified BA Hons Drama from the University of Bristol.
Varshini's experience includes:
- Qualified B.Soc.Sci in Sociology from the National University of Singapore.
- Working for the employment rights of the young women with the manpower ministry in Singapore.
- Working with children with additional needs as a public librarian.
- Working with the Singapore International Foundation on a project ‘Words on Wheels’ where she travelled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to bring the joy of drama and reading to primary and secondary school children in rural communities.
- Experienced actor and spoken word artist: exploring issues surrounding and affecting women, marginalisation and identity amongst others.
- Developing and conducting a meditation and self-care workshop for adults in Singapore.
- Leading the Teen Reading Ambassador programme in the National Library of Singapore where she mentored youths in developing drama and performance skills.
- Volunteering with Young Roots.
- Working alongside a life coach practitioner with Access All Areas.
To learn more about Varshini and her reasons for doing this MA, please read her other crowdfunding page that she undertook to get herself to London: https://gogetfunding.com/varshini/
While we have received some funding, we are still falling short of our full budget. Your help is needed for us to successfully undertake and complete this project.
Please read on to see what your generous donations will fund:
Project essentials: £914
Total flights, travel and visas: £1005.60
Books for project: £12.25 x 10 = £122.50 (Amazon used price)
Once again, a big thank you from us to you!
Any excess funds will be donated to the care home.
Emily & Varshini