Dr PRIYA VIRMANI is founder and director of the Paint Our World Charity. Paint Our World caters for deprived and abused street children and young teenagers, involving them in creative activities to develop skills, providing emotional empowerment and trauma healing and above all the confidence to build their lives in a positive and productive way and to study in school. Over 2,000,000 teenagers and children as young as two and three are subject to abuse due to poverty, poor living conditions and violence and sexual abuse. Working with young people to engage in creative activities, including art and above all by showing that someone cares, Priya and her team over the last five years has succeeded in liberating 501 children and teenagers from lives of harsh exploitation living on the streets and on railway platforms and offered them the chance to find a better and more optimistic future.
“We make our invisible children invincible. I have seen children come from absolute deprivation and in three months transform themselves with an understanding of love, trust, joy and art and self-esteem as confident individuals.”
Watch the video interview with Priya Didi (elder sister Priya) as the Paint Our World children call her.