At Fikelela the last few months have been about restoration and improving the centre. From renovating our equipment, improving programs to ensuring we are energy efficient.
We participated in a energy audit with half the staff participating in the day. It included training on why energy and water saving is important and practical hands on activities where the staff got to measure our usage of electricity and water throughout the centre. Staff got their hands dirty as the measured buckets of water as they flushed the toilet and had fun learning about how much each appliance uses in electricity. Everyone learnt so much and the greatest outcome is that we not only are we now saving money, we are more energy and water efficient creating a healthier environment and future for our children.
Fikelela Aids Project & partner Think Twice held their Jerry Giraffe Sunday School Training Workshop on Saturday 22nd February 2014 – The programme focus on Child Abuse Awareness. The ten fun filled lessons teach our children that they are Special, and how they should treat others with Kindness, Teaching them body pride and what to do when faced with potential abuse. Another strong focus is on issues of HIV/Aids. Basic facts on HIV/Aids ,how it is transmitted and how to keep him/herself safe from infections. This section aims to challenge the Stigma we face around HIV/Aids and build a generation who is able to accept those around them who are infected and affected by the Aids pandemic. The programme builds important foundations for our children’s self esteem, helping them to make Good Choices. Teachers that attended the workshop were from seven different churches. Each of the Life skill Lessons is combined with a Bible story. Teachers also received a resource pack with visuals to which children relate very well. Much Loved Jerry – is the Persona doll that visits throughout the ten lessons and the children look forward to seeing him every week in Sunday school.
A time of giving, a time of love, a time of joy. For most Christmas is a wonderful time of year and for the Fikelela Family it was no different. The sounds of giggling children, the looks of absolute excitement as they unwrapped gifts, the pitter patter of little feet running around as they play with their new toys. The children at Fikelela discovered that Christmas is a time for celebrating and giving, but more than that, they learnt that they were loved by more than just the mammas in the home, but that Jesus loves them and made them special. This Christmas, for many the first, they learnt that they are not forgotten, but loved and valued.
As the new year rolled in we have seen many of our children grow and we are seeing our children develop in leaps and bounds. Babies becoming walking toddlers and this year we were excited to start the year by sending 14 children to school and 10 to preschool. 24 bags packed, Lunch boxes lined up on the counter, 100s of books covered, uniforms ironed, 48shoes polished - day one was a big success. The children loved their new schools, and we have already seen them grow and learn! We are excited and expectant for lives to be transformed in 2014.