Do you remember, when you were as a child in the hospital? Do you remember, what it looked like? Of course it all depends on experience, but for example, most of my memories make up that picture: dirty yellow, bland walls, often neglected and sometimes dilapidated. In general, the design rejected immediately and spend in such place a few hours or days, weeks was horrible! It could not certainly be child-friendly place. So that exactly I could subconsciously think. It passed almost twenty years but unfortunately, there are still such places. Therefore Warsaw sections of the Erasmus Student Network, along with the sponsor PPG Deco Poland Sp. z o.o.(brand: Dekoral Professional and Sigma Coatings), and in collaboration with the Children's Hospital of prof. dr. J. Bogdanowicz in Warsaw decided to change it!
Preparations for the action lasted from November, and were divided into different stages. And the project itself took place April 23-25 (Thursday-Saturday). The event was attended by about seventy foreign students, twenty-five children, fifteen of the Erasmus Student Network, and a wide range of non-members, especially our friends and acquaintances who are familiar with the graphics, they are talented in painting and were willing to support us.
We begun in the morning on Thursday. First, a solid preparation, securing everything we need to by tape and cardboard. Once this was done we could paint. Mr. Miroslaw Grzeszczak – representative of brands Dekoral Professional and Sigma Coatings - was a big support, prepared us how to do certain tasks, supervised us, and helped us and foreign students. By noon, the base was located, and in the evening we met up to draw a graphic pattern. It should be noted that foreign students have been with us from the beginning. They were divided into different shifts. Erasmus Student Network has prepared for them food, gadgets (badges and stickers) and various other attractions such as: tablets to take photos, photo sessions, interaction with children or leaving a special souvenirs – as printing painted hand on the wall (two children also left their marks like that), and also handed out certificates confirming their participation and tahnking for their contribution.
The next day, 24th April 2015, as part of Erasmus Hall project in Children's Hospital at Niekłańska Street, took place an interaction with little patients. Classes started at 11:00 by short presentation of Erasmus Student Network organization and SocialErasmus project: Erasmus Hall. The fact that we are the ones who paint corridor's walls stopped being a secret. Next, we moved to integration games. Participants-children and students introduced themselves and said a few words about their interests. Some children did it in English and they did it very well-definitely they didn't need an interpreter. Lastly, we handled with colouring pages and hats made of paper, which we decorated with stickers together. It turned out there is a little child in everyone. After finishing playing, we had to say goodbye to our new friends and we did it with a heartache. We gave them litlle giftspins in many colors with our logo so that they will remember us longer. Our friend from Circus School – Żaneta Adamczyk - prepared for children special surprise – baloons in every shape they wanted. We also put our signatures with the greatest acknowledgements in the hospital's Visitors' Book. Children were truly pleased with our visit. Some of them asked about next classes with us and us an expression of that they gave us a lovely card.in addition to painting held interaction with children from the School Przyszpitalnej.
On the third day according to the plan we finished our project. The effect exceeded our expectations. As well our partners, students, children and volunteers were delighted with what was accomplished before their eyes. Our foreign participants do not hide their enthusiasm and they gave us lots of great feedback and thanked us a lot that they could take part in such an event. We are also very happy that they enjoyed it and it had got such popularity. But the most we are happy that we had a real impact that together we changed some part of the world for the better, that perhaps thanks to the work of so many people the faces of these children, experienced in battle with severe diseases, even for a moment will smile when they look at our cheerful work. Perhaps their memories also become more colorful.