On Sunday afternoon, painters and artists all round Kampala descended on Sanyu Babies Home in Namirembe to paint a little joy into the hearts of the children. And they painted on the walls too. Interactive painting is just about gathering a group of artists to paint at the same location. This was their second out of three outings. The first one took place just after Christmas.
Bruno Ruganzu, the artist behind this drive, said that he aims to bring together artists from all around to participate in this cause. He said there are several ways to do something for charity, and interactive painting is one of them. You don’t always need massive amounts of money to make a difference in people’s lives. For this, all that’s needed is some paint if you can and willing hearts to be a part of this.
There was a little something for everyone present. At first my concern was that everyone there was an artist, but after a while I realized that you don’t have to be an artist to be a part of this. There were those that are gifted in painting, and there were those that are gifted in just participating. For the latter, like me, we were presented with brushes and paint and told to ‘paint within the borders’. It was more like just coloring. At least that way no one would really feel left out. It was nice to see everybody participating in one way or the other. By the time the gate wall was done, it looked like a large sign beckoning everyone passing by to come in and have a look at the marvels within. You’d be forgiven if you thought it was an international school.
Photos on the day: [nggallery id=59]
After the painting, the artists and participants took a group photo before proceeding to check on the babies. We found them at mealtime. If you’ve ever had trouble feeding that toddler at home, you can imagine the hustle of trying to feed 30 of them! It was an interesting end to a very fun-packed afternoon. One could almost see the delight in the children’s eyes about their newly colored abode. They welcomed us with energetic waves and squeals. When we reached out, we remembered that we hadn’t washed the paint off out hands yet. The children didn’t seem to mind though.
We were informed that there’s still space inside the playrooms for painting, and Bruno said that that will be handled on Sunday, for their third and last painting outing. If you want to be part of this amazing campaign, you can join the crew on Sunday 13th January, 2013 at Sanyu Babies Home, Namirembe. You can also find (and like) the facebook page ‘Ecoart Ruganzu Bruno’ http://www.facebook.com/EcoartRuganzuBruno?fref=ts to keep in touch with developments.