Oct 13, 2020

Staying safe

Preparing gardens for demonstration
Preparing gardens for demonstration

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to be very careful about what activities we allow at the site. And, because our children are rural children with little to no access to technology, we have been unable to provide cyber activities.

However, this has not stopped us from making improvements at the site in preparation for the kids, when things become safe again. These include managing and expanding the variety of foods in the gardens, and improving the sanitation facilities on site.

Because we do have activities that the children can take part in outside, we still allow them to visit the site in very small groups, and remain outdoors. This we feel allows them to stay involved in some of the activates they had been so involved in prior to the pandemic, creating a sense of continuity even during these uncertain times.

With that being said, our desire to provide an environment where the children can learn, play, grown and generally focus on their mental health remains unchanged.   

New stands for flower beds
New stands for flower beds
Indoor handwasher
Indoor handwasher
Outdoor sink
Outdoor sink
Jun 16, 2020

Braving the Pandemic

Handwashing
Handwashing

 Since the coming of the Covid-19 pandemic, activity at SEAM has come to a halt. Which has greatly upset the children. Before closing of the library however, we carried out a few educational exercises with the children to inform them on risks of the outbreak, and hygiene practices they should always keep in mind during this time. Apart from the hygiene awareness activities, we also gave each of the children some soap to take home. After our Covid-19 risk and prevention day, the government soon declared a pandemic and that all public gatherings, schools included, should discontinue regular activities.

 Since the lockdown, our project has received more funding through GlobalGiving, which we are currently investing in key areas of interest for the kids, one of which includes farming. We have since constructed a drip irrigation shed for the children, as we wait for them to return. When back, the children will be able to grow more/different kinds of foods, which they will be able to sell, take home and even prepare and eat at SEAM. Our focus on teaching the children about farming comes from the hope that this skill an ease the strain of poverty and malnutrition in the community.

Soap giving
Soap giving
Quick meal
Quick meal
Drip irrigation
Drip irrigation
Fun activity when things reopen
Fun activity when things reopen
Feb 18, 2020

Establishing Routine

Student Tomatoes
Student Tomatoes

We have worked a lot on the horticulture and art & crafts. The younger ones continue with games and reading as the older ones engage in the projects. The horticulture club continues to sell flowers. The craft members are beginning to finish their stage one mat-making and are moving to stage two. 

We have also laid out an Agenda for the next 5 years as shown below:

Main Agendas

  • Environmental 
    1. Creating healthy life spaces
    2. Sustainable living and technology 
  • Community 
    1. Life skills 
    2. Social values 
    3. Development and technology 
    4. Creation of new knowledge and information 
  • Mental health 
    1. Self-care skills 
    2. Growth and development

 We hope to continue growing and expanding this project.

Mat-making
Mat-making
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts
Completed Stage one
Completed Stage one
SEAM participant in Walk for cancer
SEAM participant in Walk for cancer
Drawing
Drawing
Art work
Art work
Group
Group
Gardening
Gardening
Gardening
Gardening
 
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