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Earthen pots, candles and matchboxes.All designer type. These products by school children show Diwali is more than just a celebration of light.

 For these school children, Diwali is that time of the year when they are at their creative best. Now, they are busy making an amazing variety of Diwali decorative items. From designer candles to diyas they make everything to make the festival special for everyone.

Students of School in Jamshedpur and Parents’ Association for the Mentally Handicapped — a centre in Dhatkidih — are also busy preparing beautiful designer candles and diyas for the festival of lights. In turn, these products will also help them to earn some pocket money.

The special children of various centres in the steel city are grabbing attention with their display of diyas and candles made by them. Special children and their parents and the management of School of Hope are very much excited with the response and have expressed their gratitude to the people for appreciating the candles and diyas made by these special children.

 This year many varies of diyas and candles were on display all made by the special children of the School of Hope.

The price of the items ranges from Rs.5  to  Rs.150. “The aim is to train them well so that tomorrow when they leave the special school, they can earn and live a life of dignity,” said an official of the school.

These youngsters are generally divided into four levels based on their ability — both mental and physical — and expertise. For instance, those who are new to the craft are kept at level one while experienced hands comprise level four.

Like every year the special children of School of Hope are making candles and diyas of different shapes, colour and sizes.

 It is Diwali time and specially made wax and diyas are ready by special students at School of Hope and Parents Association for the Mentally Handicapped,

These youngsters are generally divided into four levels based on their ability — both mental and physical — and expertise. For instance, those who are new to the craft are kept at level one while experienced hands comprise level four.

Students of Jeevika, a centre for special kids at Sonari have come up with decorative earthen diyas.

 They even designed paper bags. Jeevika founder Avtar Singh makes sure that the creativity of the children is appreciated by one and all.

This year students have designed around 10,000 diyas and 2,000 gift bags. The trainers at school have also trained them on rangoli painting which is making rangoli designs on the larger diyas and done with brighter colours. In fact with years of practice and art lessons in schools about four students in the age group of 20 have become artists and at times help their juniors too.

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