This year most of the churches" Sunday schools started the Jerry Giraffe programme after Easter.
After the first three weeks, the children are so excited to meet Jerry each week and to hear what he has to tell them about.
This programme is a wonderful way for children to learn how to protect themselves from abuse in a safe, fun way. The programme links very well with the Bible stories that teach the children that they are special....
They are all looking forward so much to the next seven weeks , to learn by having fun.
"thankyou Fikelela for introducing us to the programme!" Sunday School teacher
At Fikelela the last few months have been about restoration and improving the centre. From renovating our equipment, improving programs to ensuring we are energy efficient.
We participated in a energy audit with half the staff participating in the day. It included training on why energy and water saving is important and practical hands on activities where the staff got to measure our usage of electricity and water throughout the centre. Staff got their hands dirty as the measured buckets of water as they flushed the toilet and had fun learning about how much each appliance uses in electricity. Everyone learnt so much and the greatest outcome is that we not only are we now saving money, we are more energy and water efficient creating a healthier environment and future for our children.
Fikelela Aids Project & partner Think Twice held their Jerry Giraffe Sunday School Training Workshop on Saturday 22nd February 2014 – The programme focus on Child Abuse Awareness. The ten fun filled lessons teach our children that they are Special, and how they should treat others with Kindness, Teaching them body pride and what to do when faced with potential abuse. Another strong focus is on issues of HIV/Aids. Basic facts on HIV/Aids ,how it is transmitted and how to keep him/herself safe from infections. This section aims to challenge the Stigma we face around HIV/Aids and build a generation who is able to accept those around them who are infected and affected by the Aids pandemic. The programme builds important foundations for our children’s self esteem, helping them to make Good Choices. Teachers that attended the workshop were from seven different churches. Each of the Life skill Lessons is combined with a Bible story. Teachers also received a resource pack with visuals to which children relate very well. Much Loved Jerry – is the Persona doll that visits throughout the ten lessons and the children look forward to seeing him every week in Sunday school.