On Friday the 21st of December 2018 – Nachchikuda came alive with 650+ children and 250+ adults. It was the annual Christmas program organized by the Appe Lanka counselling team and the Divisional Secretariat of Poonakary.
The day began at 10 am with carol singing, a Christmas skit and an hour and a half of fun and games and dancing followed by a scrumptious lunch cooked by the ladies of Poonakary.
The afternoon was an amazing cultural performance by the students of Poonakary with a Christmas skit and carols and different sized Santa’s roaming around sharing sweets and welcoming everyone
When the event concluded at 4.30 pm, everyone was tired but happy
A year ended but a year to look forward to.
A PICTORIAL STORY OF – “THIS IS CHRISTMAS” – POONAKARY
We celebrated Christmas with the kids in Poonakary on the 21st December 2018. It was a beautiful day filled with joy. We would like to thank all our partners for supporting us with this event. Here...
As soon as Jordan Bolling finished his O’Level examination he volunteered to help organize our Annual Christmas Program in Poonakary. The Appe Lanka team were overjoyed to have him on their team; these are his comments. Thank You Jordan
Have a blessed year ahead
UNITY BY JORDAN BOLLING
Unity…..A word that symbolizes brotherhood and connection. There have been many times in my life where I have felt the force of unity and bond. I have only felt it in small proportions. That was until I traveled across the country to a very poor and almost village-like district called Poonakary. This was to be my first ever visit to that part the country and to what felt like a new world.
themselves. The winner to everyone’s surprise was the smallest out of the lot who had taken a more conservative approach and had restricted himself to hiding behind a tree and swooping in for the final kill! After a hefty lunch the main part of the event had kicked off. It consisted of songs, plays, speeches and the main nativity. The best act of the day by far was what we called “The dancing Santas”. Little children dressed in little Santa outfits with pouches full of candy and when asked, they would each take a hand full of it and throw it towards the crowd of other excited kids. This created quite a riot as all the children were battling it out and sometimes even battling themselves for as much candy as they could possibly get, much to the dismay of the teachers who were scrambling to banish the whole lot from the arena. The nativity was based on ridding a soul of demons and devils, and the power of Christ. This brought out the religious aspect of the event and showed the impact of Christ and faith on the population of Poonakary.
The finale of the event was the gifting of the five hundred sets of books to the school children. It was interesting to note how eager these kids were and their appreciation towards towards this kind gesture. I remember one man was instructed to control all the pushing and jumping of the line. This made me pause and think about how lucky we were to receive almost everything we wanted off shop shelves. I had a new compassion and awe towards these kids who without the help of Aunty Shaan and the Appe Lanka team could barely fulfill their basic needs. The whole event was very enlightening for both the children of Poonakary and for my life where I have come to appreciate everything that I have. I feel inspired Aunty Shaan and the Appe Lanka team who have made me feel as though one day I should do something help people that need our support and consider them as our brothers and sisters of our motherland in unity.