Natya Chandrasekar, 12
My brother had his birthday in March after the lockdown, It was very sad because we were planning a small gathering of friends for him to enjoy his special day. But that didn’t stop our family from celebrating we did a surprise zoom call with all his friends and even our grandparents from India and my brother was so shocked and loved seeing all of them. It really made it special and we cut the cake and sang the birthday song for him. This cartoon is for all the people who celebrate their birthday during lockdown.
Natya is selling prints of all of her cartoons to raise funds for a nonprofit organization in her local area called REF (Ravenswood Education Foundation), which has established an emergency fund to provide financial relief related to the school closures due to COVID-19. Ninety percent of students in the school area qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and the majority of their parents work hourly service jobs. REF is working closely with the school district to plan and address specific needs, including in technology and distance learning, food and food distribution, emergency childcare, and financial support. We at Stone Soup are very happy to support Natya in spreading the word, and congratulate her on her work and her fundraising efforts for her community–well done, Natya!
You can look at the complete collection of cartoons and choose your favourites either in this Dropbox Folder or Google Drive folder, and write to Natya if you would like to obtain a copy of your own. You may pay for the prints either by making a direct donation to REF here, or discussing directly with Natya and her family.