Gift of Art

A Peacemaking Project by Sanika S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Genetic Disorders is an out-of-reach issue, that cannot be controlled. These genetic disorders change a kids life in the most miserable ways. Even the smallest change in the DNA of a child can alter everything in his/her body, from cleft lips to conjoined toes. This small change makes the child feel different than other children. But I want to change this, starting at the Children's Hospital @ Colorado Springs. I want to make every child feel like no different than the others.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of disabled children not being accepted for who they are, by others.
we will address the issue, that some disabled children do not have a place to feel included.
by creating a safe place for all special children to feel respected and included, we will solve this injustice.

Our Project Plan:


  • Research the most common type of disorder occurring in children and provide the children @Children's Hospital with an opportunity to feel included and support their families with joy

We will increase my / our compassion by...

making sure that patients can have an opportunity to forget about their pain and loss, for just a few hours. I want them to know that they are great and need to be appreciated. Happiness for children, creates pleasure for parents as well. So my project is not only effecting children, but their parents as well.

How will you show courage?

I will show my courage by communicating with various people at the hospital and the patient's themselves. I need to improve my communication skills to do so. To get feedback from families about this project, I need to talk to them personally about my project and it's purpose.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will collaborate with others in many ways. I will need to get permission to do this project at Children's Hospital. (I have gotten permission to do it already @ the Denver Children's Hospital.) I will also need to talk to the patient's families to get feedback on how I can improve this project.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I can measure my impact by taking feedback from families and how it affected their stay at the hospital. I want to make sure that the patients enjoy their time drawing their masterpieces. This will allow them to forget about what has been going on with them, for just a few minutes.

Key Steps

  • -Communicate with the volunteering department at different Children's Hospitals to see if they are willing to complete this project with me.
  • -Research about the most common types of mental, physical, and behavioral disorders are in children
  • -Collect the supplies, decide what to exactly buy once I get the money
  • -Make packages for every patient, because they cannot share supplies unless disinfected, including 2 pencils (sharpened), 1 eraser, crayons, and a sheet of heavy-duty paper
  • -Send supplies to get checked by the Children's Hospital to make sure they are safe, for the patients to use.
  • -Create a "Feedback Questions" paper for parents and children to give me their opinion about my project