Fikelela Aids Project is rolling out the Sunday School programme - Jerry Giraffe to new churches and Sunday School teachers.
teachers from five churches attended a training hosted by Think Twice where they learned to run this ten session programme in their own communities. The programme helps them to talk about issues of body, emotions, safety, hiv stigma and other important concepts. The training is done in a fun way with Jerry Giraffe as the teacher!
Some comments from the teachers are "This is a great programme which teaches the little ones to respect their own bodies, to be accepting of all people living with HIV. They also learn about self respect and sharing of feeligns and emotions."
"jerry the talking Giraffe shares stories in a safe non threatening way which the children love!"
""I cant wait to incorporate this fun materials into my Sunday School teaching"
" I like that each of the lessons is linked with a Bible story so I can incorporate it in my class teaching"
These teachers will go on to create a safe space for their kids to share what is going on in their lives....
It has been a wonderful year so far. We have seen an increase in placements of babies at the centre. we have had six new babies under the age of six and two of them are less than two months old so are really teeny!
the older children are enjoying interacting with the tiny babies who are no bigger than their arms!
we are very proud of our loving carers who still give the children the one on one love and care that they crave.
All the children are growing fast and meeting thier developmental milestones.
With Christmas coming we are so appreciative of our supporters and friends who always ensure that our children have special memories of treats and presents at this time of joy and celebration
At Fikelela our vision is for children to be brought up in a family home. They stay with us for a short period as we believe that children should not become institutionalised.
At first we try to identify an extended family member, usually an aunt or grannie. if we cannot find one suitable or willing to take on the little one, then the children are placed with foster families.
Now we are exploring another option of permanent adoption. We are partnering with an adoption agency and the first five children are beginning the process of finding a new permanent loving home