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Mandalas on World Environment Day by kids at SMS

The festive season is approaching and in the midst of all the festive spending, one of the things to put a little bit aside for is making a difference in the world. I am a great admirer of the work that Delhi's Srijanatmak Manushi Sanstha does.  Neelam Thapliyal and Archana Kaul (centre) with one of their SMS kids and me This is a small organization founded by two friends, Archana Kaul and Neelam Thapliyal, in Delhi, and for years they have been teaching arts and crafts to the children in the slum opposite their home. Their single room in the slum provides a safe haven from the difficult and sometimes dangerous lives these children lead. The simple circles drawn by the younger ones I last met them when my husband and I visited the centre on World Environment Day earlier this year. Neelam had the children work on drawing mandalas. Mandalas are circular drawings that represent different things in different contexts. They are employed in both Hinduism and Buddhism to represent someti

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