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


How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

"Gift of Art" was a very important project for me. I achieved more goals and learned a lot of different values. I communicated with many parents and children. I understood that there are many difficulties that children have to face, due to their age. From the stories of parents, I learned that children are treated with much more care. But, sometimes too much care can get out of hand and hurt the child. The problems are not just faced by children, but their parents and families are effected as well. Siblings make choices every wisely, keeping their family in mind.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

My community did not change or get affected as much. This is due to the fact that I did this project in Denver, Colorado. I live in Colorado Springs. Personally, I think that the effect on people matters more than the amount of people effected. Even though, I did not change mo

How many people were impacted by your project?


In addition to those directly impacted, are there additional people you feel were indirectly indirectly impacted or reached? If so, how many? (This might include people who read about your project, families of people that attended your workshops or received services, etc.)

I have estimated around 25 children because I was only able to buy and make around 25 packs. These packs are made of markers, crayons, stickers, and paper. This estimate does not include their parents and siblings that enjoyed this moment together. One of the families that we enjoyed this precious time with was recording their children drawing. They were very happy to get this opportunity to spend time together. Along with this, there were many staff members in the Volunteering Department @ Children's Hospital, who helped me a lot through the process.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

My team learned more about the children by communication. Talking to others helped me understand what, both the children and their families, have to struggle through. Many of the parents made me feel very confident about myself. They gave me their blessings for creating a happy moment for their children. I am very proud to say that many families and children get a moment of joy to share and there is nothing more important than happiness.

What did your team learn?

Every child has the right to smile every single day. Being the reason behind a child's precious smile, is very important. I wanted to be that reason. I learned that children are deeply impacted by the tragic challenges that they have to face at such a young age. They have to fight to survive. At such a young age, fighting to survive should not be a problem. But for these little ones at the hospital, it is the biggest problem that they have to struggle through. Some of them are even stuck on a bed and cannot move for days on end.

What challenges did your team overcome?

Challenges come in forms of obstacles for everyone. But my challenges for this project were very easy for me to overcome, some of which I could not control. During the duration of my project, reaching out to people was one of my main struggles. I talked to many people via email and phone. Many times, people would give a reply back pretty late. So, I could not control that. Along with this, I got very busy myself. I struggled to create time for my project while studying for my finals.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

I had to get in touch with many people. In the volunteering department @ Children's Hospital, I had to involve every staff member to help me reach out to children who are willing to take part. To carry out my project, I had to arrange the timing and other things with Kathleen McBride, the head of the volunteering department. Before I executed my project, my father and I went on a 4-hour drive to meet Mrs. McBride We arranged everything via phone calls and email as well. The patients that took part in my project, as well as their siblings, are extremely important for my project. I could have never learned about the children and their families, if no one would have participated.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

The advice that I would give to someone starting a project is to keep pushing. The determination to finish is what makes a project special. Being a busy teenager, I got very distracted and stressed with school work and other activities. But this project was a way for me to relax and realize that I am doing the right thing. I need to continue fighting for what is right. Pediatrics has always been important to me. This brought me to "Gift of Art". Today, me and my family are very proud of my project. I am happy that I finished my project and support many children.

Our Updates:

Gift of Art

Sanika S.
22 February 2020 13:35
Sorry for the late update! I have been very busy with school and this project.

I had bought my supplies on January 23 from Walmart. I had booked an appropriate date to complete my art project @ Denver Children's Hospital. I went to this hospital on February 2, 2020. We received exactly 20 children for this.

GIft of Art

Sanika S.
22 February 2020 13:35
Sorry for the late update! I have been very busy with school and this project.

I had bought my supplies on January 23 from Walmart. I had booked an appropriate date to complete my art project @ Denver Children's Hospital. We received exactly 20 children for this.

Pictures!! :)

Sanika S.
23 April 2020 17:38
Hello PeaceFirst! Just wanted to add pictures from project.

Thank you for this great opportunity!

Sanika S.
23 April 2020 17:38


Sanika S.
23 April 2020 17:40
This is where we welcomed the kids. Here they enjoyed themselves and drew beautiful pictures.

Children's Hospital

Sanika S.
23 April 2020 17:45
These are the drawings of the 20 kids we greeted. Two of these drawings were from siblings to their sister, who was a patient. They both drew "I love you" to their precious sister. These special moments made their sister and parents very happy. I am glad to say that I gave them this opportunity.


Brennan L. Peace First Staff
3 February 2020 15:41
Hi Sanika,

It's great to see that you've completed your project! I'm looking forward to hearing more about how things went. Please be sure to submit your project reflection.