Newly established NGO Pikinini Pilai seeks to help children from marginalized communities through various physical activities and recently through a mobile library.
Program Manager for Pikinini Pilai, Ms Vinzealhar Nen said the organization believes the needs of children and youth are very different.
“We wanted Pikinini Pilai to focus solely on children between the ages of 6-13 years.”
“We wanted to use this platform as a way to educate children on the importance of good health, good hygiene practices and good nutrition.”
Pikinini Pilai incorporates many activities including yoga, kung fu, kickboxing, dance, and acrobatic acts to disseminate information.
The NGO has also worked with other organizations such as RSPCA and Colgate to help run programs. “We have sessions every Mondays and Wednesdays.”
“In each session we cater to about 70 or more children.”
“On special occasions like Christmas and Easter the numbers can increase to more than 200.”
Yet despite its success, Pikinini Pilai has its fair share of obstacles to face.
Ms Nen stated that they’ve had to setbacks in terms of visibility and in trying to utilize manpower for their book drive.
However, the organization remains optimistic as it seeks to serve marginalized communities.
“Many of the children do not come from homes where they have access to toys and necessities.”
“We hope to give them more than what we currently offer these kids.”