cards are a new area for Ladli.
Using bought hand-made paper products, an important local industry,
the boys design and create cards. Some of these incorporate their
drawings, others include sewing or decorations – skills they
have also acquired in Ladli. The cards are of a high standard and
The decorations are cut
out of thin, soft tin. By pressing a pen or ruler on the back of the
metal, patterns and impressions can easily be made.
The children get a real thrill from this activity and enjoy experimenting
and creating their own designs.
is another key local industry.
An experienced artisan teaches the children how to make and assemble
a range of puppets, a process that may also call on their sewing skills.
As well as vocational training,
the boys are, of course, provided
regular educational subjects such as Hindi, English and Art.
A hobby teacher also offers alternative activities, for instance,
drum-playing. Supporting the local staff in all this, are usually
one or two foreign volunteers.