The last few months we have seen exciting developments in the lives of the children at Fikelela! With improvements in funding we now have trained child care workers on at every day shift. One girl who had passed Grade R twice and was on the way to failing Grade one, came back with 100%!! Imagine her excitement and pride and the pride of the carers.
We have been giving the children extra stimulation when they come home from school . This quarter, the children learnt about all the creatures in the ocean, the beach, weather, seaweed, and more. They enjoyed doing different crafts that assisted their fine motor skills and language development whilst exploring the underwater world. At the end of the term we had a visit to the Aquarium and the children got to see, touch and explore some of the creatures they had learnt about. With eyes wide open and a buzz in the air it was a huge success.
"our children are loving the programme! They are becoming more confident and feeling safe enough to speak. The programme also helps us to instil discipline which means that all the children have a place to share and are not dominated by the disruptive kids! We love the songs and games" A Sunday School teacher
Fikelela's Jerry Giraffe programme is really making a difference!! The children learn in a fun interactive way how to talk about their emotions " star feelings' (good feelings ) and "stone feelings" (bad feelings). They also learn to identify who are safe adults to talk to if they feel bad about something.
Training sessions were held with teachers from seven Sunday Schools and they are running the ten week programme with over 140 children.
Following a very succesful tree planting project - which raised funds for carbon emissions, we have been able to plant trees throughout southern Africa, in South Africa, lesotho, and Swaziland.
we have decided now to make the project independant, as it is easier for local Dioceses to source their own trees and plant them.
We are really grateful for your support . perhaps you would like to continue supporting the work of the Anglican Church in southern Africa through the work of Fikelela AIDS Project and their orphan support work at the Fikelela Childrens Centre.
Here are some last photos of our tree planting project...