Nagamso loves to paint
Wise beyond her years, 11-year-old Nagamso is as bright as she is charismatic.
She also suffers from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic inflammatory disease.
Nagamso has been in and out for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the last several years and has undergone extensive treatment and surgery for her condition. Its art classes and school work that get her through her long stays in the E2 renal ward, while she deliberates if she will be an actor, an artist or a doctor when she’s older.
“The problem with being a doctor is that I wouldn’t really like to be on call on a Sunday because I like to go to church,” she says, matter-of-factly.
A teaching career is also one she finds hard to swallow: “Shouting all day at little children? Sorry, no thanks.”
The Red Cross Primary School’s art classes, funded by the Harry Crossley Foundation, are what Nagamso looks forward to most while she is in Hospital. While she doesn’t feel that she’s very good at drawing, painting is a favourite past time – so much so that she’s also considering becoming a designer one day too.
To get her fingers nice and strong so that she can paint beautifully as well as write incredibly neatly, Nagamso massages her mom’s feet most evenings. She also gives out massages to her teachers.
Described as incredibly bright by the principal of the Red Cross Primary School, Michelle Shargey, Nagamso is one of the children who is able to use the art classes as a way to express herself and her emotions during such trying times. Michelle says, “Art is an integral part of therapy for children.” She adds that in the art classes, Nagamso’s intelligence and creativity is praised, so that she feels very comfortable and at home in the Hospital.
Colouring-in with intense concentration, Nagamso admits that Maths is her favourite subject and that she loves school too. With a fat colouring-in book, plenty of school work and art classes to look forward to, Nagamso has school brought to her.