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Artbox: Bal Sahyog

written by Mark Doyle April 2, 2014

The first ArtBox project was completed in April 2014, in collaboration with Bal Sahyog, a children’s organisation in Delhi, India. ArtBox is a very simple idea; a box of art materials are sent to setting and given out to participants. Using the materials, the participants create a response to a question or a set of questions relating to their life, aspirations, personal situation or future. The exact areas are discussed before hand with the partner organisation and participants.

The completed work is then scanned and sent back to us at tribe, for us to showcase on the website. A copy of the completed publication is also sent to the participating organisation. ArtBox is simple, cheap to run, and can create some amazing outcomes and learning experiences, as well as some fantastic art! The best thing about it is that the participants get to see their work ‘in print’, shown to the world via an established publication.

About Bal Sahyog

“Bal Sahyog has 6 Contact Clubs in Delhi. They are situated at Nangloi, Inderpuri, Wazirpur, Kotla, Paharganj, Rithala. Recently, a community contact centre at Naharpur has been started with financial support from Steel Authority of India Ltd. The contact centers help in identifying the problems and needs of children and their families.
These centers provide remedial and non-formal educational support, vocational training, health hygiene & social awareness, recreation facilities, supplimentary nutrition and medical facilities to needy children. All centers have library facilities. Every center has an Organizer and at least one Female Educators who provides care and protection to children and also maintains contact with their families in the community. These centers are activity centers and children are encouraged to participate in music, drawing, painting and essay writings. Local festivals are celebrated with gusto and full participation.

Since 1993 Bal Sahyog is also working with street children. The project aims at providing integrated community based non-institutional basic services to the under privileged children. The programme caters to protect the rights of children involved in rag picking, begging, shoe shinning, balloon selling and other petty works. The project is running at six contact points in Delhi viz; Inderpuri, Kotla, Wazirpur, Pahar Ganj, Nangloi, Rithala. The programme has been funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, New Delhi.” (link:

You can view the project report below.

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