Imaginary play is a hugely important part of every child’s early development for many reasons. Mama Lumka and the Ikhayalethemba Village staff have always tried to encourage the children to use their imaginations especially as their toys and play equipment are limited. Since GVI started at the Village it has been a dream of all involved to give the children a safe environment where their imaginations could run wild so when the Nceduluntu Trust designated a space in March 2011 for exactly that and we were very keen to support them.
Thanks to GVI and the generosity of various volunteers the room was set up with different play stations such as a workbench, kitchen, costumes and ball pen. The excitement of the children when they first saw this wonderful room full of exciting toys was priceless and 5 months on their enthusiasm remains exactly the same. The room has also provided a useful behavioral management tool as children who misbehave risk missing out on their allocated daily playroom time.
GVI, Mama Lumka and the Nceduluntu Trust and of course the beautiful children would like to thank everyone who has supported this project and for the moments of joy they have brought to these children’s lives.
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