Achilles, the Talking Tree!
FPVI - building self-worth one performance at a time
We feature in this report Achilles, Grade 7, who came to FPVI in April 2018, painfully shy, troubled and suffering from frequent severe stomach pains. His teachers in elementary school, aware of his dire family circumstance, convinced us that a bright boy lurked underneath the withdrawn and timid child, caregiver to his 3 younger siblings.
Photo shows Achilles 9 months later in December 2018 during the FPVI Christmas Program performing a monologue as a Talking Tree, an idea he conceived himself. Dogged support and preparation yielded a very good performance that surprised everyone, especially his mother. The praise and compliments he got lifted him and transformed the shy boy into someone who now confidently smiles, greets everyone, participates in group discussions, talks more openly about himself and his family. He no longer goes about lethargic or burdened by the world.
We will let Achilles speak for himself in his ‘Open Mic’ piece, a Sunday event everyone in the group looks forward to.
Round 2 (January 2019)
Good morning everyone!
Before anything else, I would like to thank FPVI for giving me many chances in this program despite my bad attitude sometimes. I promise to change. I also want to thank Ma’am Shiena because she never gives up on me, and my fellow scholars for treating me like their brother.
I would like to talk about my New Year’s Resolution for 2019. I promise to come every Sunday and to do so on time. I will manage my time wisely.
I pray to God to give more blessings to FPVI that they may be able to help more children who are interested in finishing school. That’s all. And again good morning to all.