Macau and Goa share a history of over 500 years. It begins in 1557 with the establishment of Macau and the obligatory stop on the Route of the Tract Ship who also became known as Macau Tract Ship.

It was on the return trip from Japan that the ship was laden with gold, silk and porcelain.

Many of the old houses in Goa, today, contain Chinese porcelain considered exotic and valuable: vases, tea sets, furniture and various decorative plates that lined the walls of the houses. The floor was not forgotten containing delicately worked mosaic made of porcelain that broke during the trip from Macau to Goa.

It was from these small pieces of coloured porcelain that artists created peacocks, flowers, trees etc. It is said that even when they could not find the colours they needed, they shattered porcelain purposely in order to finish these intricate designs.

At the end of XVI century difficulties in making these trips began to grow due to competition with the Dutch, Spanish and English. But the inheritance remained and it is that heritage that Communicare Trust,  an NGO in established in Goa, would like to bring to the new generation in Goa and Macau through a photo contest.

So that this information will endure in time, Communicare  Trust invited two historians and connoisseur of this reality, to write about this connection for this book that contains as well the best 40 photographs selected after having the photo competition.

This project had the financial support of GAES (Gabinete de Apoio ao Ensino Superior) and institutional support of Instituto Internacional de Macau.

This book was distributed to all Portuguese students in Goa and Macao, as well as spread across all schools that teach Portuguese, the Panjim Central Library (north), the Navelim Library (south), the Goa University library, Calcutta library and National Library in Delhi.

The photo exhibition also travelled to Macau in the presence of a representative of Communicare Trust  – Nalini Elvino de Sousa along with the winner of the photo contest – John Lino D’Melllo. Similarly this exhibition was held in Goa and Portugal (Casa de Goa).

In Goa, we partnered with Goan Shutterbugs who has vast experience in the field of photography and has organized many similar contests. They were in charge of the selection.

In Portugal the exhibition was held at Casa de Goa – during the month of May 2017 and in June 2018 it will be at Fundação Macau, Lisbon.

Details will be given soon.

A few books are for sale at:

  • Communicare Trust office in Goa
  • Livraria Portuguesa in Macau
  • Casa de Goa in Lisbon


  • Story telling Workshop
  • Story Writing
  • Reviewing
  • Illustration Workshop
  • Make the illustrations
  • Create out of waste (props and characters)
  • Make the movie (stop motion)
  • Jingle composition
  • Narration
  • Book publishing with DVD

“Kalakriti- Where Stories Come to Life” is Communicare Trust’s take on creative learning.

Through Kalakriti, we aim to sensitize and spread awareness among students of all age groups through imaginative thinking about waste management.

Considering the growing importance of waste management in the current global scenario, it becomes extremely influential to start teaching students about the magnitude of waste management and waste segregation from a very early age.

The initiative looks to create socially responsible citizens in the future and in the process evoke creative and illustrative skills of the young minds in our society. The process involves collaboration of students from different age groups and given its multidisciplinary nature, the project aims to promote group learning and team work between groups and cycles, strengthening the ties between students, blurring the role of authorship in favour of creative cooperation.

The project is to be implemented in the school, a path of dialogue, both internally and with external entities creating an interesting product with a message, where the means used can build bridges with parents and the community in general.

Release of the book on 10th June

The book was released in the school on 10th June 2017. All the students were present and the joy and laughter were contagious.

One moment to remember.

Making of Kalakriti

Petty and Joe – Kalakriti 2017


16 November 2016

The first workshop was held on 16th November 2016. The project began with Santo Miguel school .
Ann Barreto, Mafatinha Jacques, Isabel Santa Rita Vaz and Nalini spoke to the students about waste: the difference between dry and wet waste, with numerous examples. Students were asked to give a chance to allow waste to become a super-hero and a villain. The activity created a buzz and saw trees and  fruits emerge as super-heroes, while fish bones, narkasurs etc were portrayed as villains.

The Give Goa group from Goa Institute of Management also joined in at Santo Miguel. Standard five students created stories using super-heroes and villains. And indeed we were amazed at the kind of stories that these children came up with.

Soon the 6th std students will give these stories created by standard five students life through illustrations. More work and fun will continue till February when we a book, will be published.

A big thank you to John Rodrigues and Camilo for giving us this opportunity. It is going to be a wonderful journey.

24-25 November 2016

The second project was held on 24th-25 November 2016. This was in continuation of the first Kalikriti  project. The second project was  – the making of a book on waste management with the illustrations. Students of standard 6 listened to stories written by the standard 5 students and were asked to give life to these stories by imagining the same with pictures.
A big Thank you to the Goa Institute of management students (GiveGoa team) and Loretti Pinto – well known painter in Goa – who guided the students in this important phase of the project.

1 – 12 December 2016

The third phase of the project was held from 1st to 12th December 2016.

In this phase the students of the 7th std were involved in making and designing props and characters out of waste products. Due to lack of time, the main characters were design by Loretti Pinto.

For the movie, only one story was selected even though the book contains 4 stories.

After all the characters were ready, we proceeded to the filming of the same. Through the stop motion process the movie was created.

Narration was done by Maya Afonso (11years old).

9-12 January 2017

The fourth phase of the project was held from 9-12 January 2017.

In this phase the students of the 7th Std translated the stories from English to Hindi.