We have been working with the Street Children’s Rehabilitation centre since June 2012. The centre takes in children that have for some reason left their family homes and begun a life on the streets. The centre makes ure that each of these kids has access to an education, hot food, a caring environment, and a roof over their heads.
GVI has been working with Ama, the house mother, to help improve these children’s lives through helping them study, having fun with arts and crafts, a sports program, and keeping up good hygiene.On Fridays we take these kids to a small spring where they can shower and we can help them wash their laundry as the centre has no running water. After the showering and washing is complete, we all take time out to have a snack together. The snacks vary from fruit and biscuits to noodles and chips, with all having some kind of rubbish once the food has been eaten. On each of these outings we have tried to teach the children that picking up after themselves is very important, and helps to look after their environment as well as being responsible citizens.Each time we visit the spring though it seems more and more people are notable to pick up after themselves. We want the kids to be able to visit a cleana rea for their washing and showering day, and also to be able to pass on the importance of cleaning up to others.
So now on Jungle Shower days we take along extra plastic bags and we hold clean up sessions. Whilst some children are busy doing the washing with som evolunteers, the other kids and volunteers are helping to clean up the area. We do litter collections and sweep off the steps and cement areas to prevent people from slipping on dry leaves and debris.The kids are learning a valuable lesson as well as showing other locals that usethe spring that littering just shouldn’t be done. We all have a long way to go with cleaning up but the kids are really enthusiastic about helping out and can see the difference they are making. They’re learning to keep up this great habit at homeand at school and passing on a great lesson to others.
All children deserve to grow, learn, and live in a clean environment and these kids, along with our very helpfulvolunteers, are helping to make a great start for the people in their local community!
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