Weera Kulppi, a young sociology student from Finland, is in Kerala with a mission. She is here to empower girls, enabling them to make their mark in the world.
She learned about India and Kerala from sociology lessons and was attracted by the cultural diversity. She didn’t have to think twice for her to decide on the Oriental voyage journey with her 3-year old son Eliel Kulppi, who is fascinated by trucks and speaks fluent English.
She chose Kerala because she had heard a lot about the state from one of her friends who had been at Kerala some time back.“India is colourful. Your history is so intriguing. And the music awesome,” says the 23-year-old when asked about the factors that attracted her.
Weera, as part of her project in Kerala, is collaborating in an art exhibition by the inmates of Sukritham Girls Home, the brainchild of V K Mahadev Prasad and friends, formed to take care of less-fortunate girls.
The artist in her mentored the girls, aiding them in identifying and honing their creative talents during her over 6-month stay at the refuge. An exhibition of their unleashed creative energy made available for public viewing at Gudhaam Art Café, Gujarathi Street on 16th and 17th of September. Weera intends spending half a year here.
Like most foreigners, she finds it hard to cope with the harsh climate; especially for her son. The food is spicy. “But I am getting used to it now,” she added.