‘Kambalapurai’ enlightens kids of Paniya colony
Vangapalli: ‘Kamabalapurai’ established by a group of youth realised the needs of Kokkuzhi Paniya colony children to attend online classes during the period of lockdown and introduced them to the world of smartphones and laptops.
The team also wanted to make the technologies familiar to the children of those families which cannot afford a laptop or smartphone. Co-ordinator Gayathri said that the children shall be at least able to play a game on a laptop. Along with this, the musical instruments and toys bought for the children make ‘Kambalapurai’ the most adored spot of the kids residing nearby.
Within a very short span, the team could organise three workshops for the children. They brought a group of artistes to perform some of the art forms of Kerala for the tribal children of the colony, and in return, the children showed the indigenous art form of Paniya tribe ‘Vattakali’ to the artistes.
The co-ordinators also plan to establish a library corner in ‘Kambalapurai’ by giving the responsibility of the library to a colony native. The mural painting named ‘Portal’ is the major attraction here. The charming pictures on the wall of ‘Kambalapurai’ were painted by Meenakshi Ravi, Amal Thomas and Archana Sunil under the guidance of Akhil Jacob.
Guruvayur native Gayathri Kalathil Sajeev and SBI Youth fellowship holder Aswin Lakshmi Narayanan started ‘Kambalapurai’ with the aid from MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in Puthurvayal.
Through the mission, they render a new life for many regions which have become a centre of hooligans and drunkards.
Inspired by ‘Bookpurai’
The ‘Bookpurai’ established in the Choothupara Paniya colony in Meenangadi became the inspiration behind the formation of ‘Kambalapurai’. As the name suggests Bookpurai was set up for reading. Compared to other tribal communities, the Paniya group usually found themselves quitting schools soon.
Hence, ‘Bookpurai’ has been established to bring the people who are not interested in studies or reading to the library. Now there are over 2500 books at Bookpurai which is managed by librarian Vijitha Kumaran, who is a tribal facilitator.