Along with the ongoing educational activities we always try to organize creative ones as well. During the winter season kids do not spend enough time outside. Therefore, we used the sunny days and, together with our partners, organized some events. The funniest one was the Kite making workshop. All the kids created their own kites. Since the event was also part of the Refugee Month, we encouraged the children to decorate their kites with messages of tolerance and acceptance.
What is winter without Christmas? The kids were so excited to participate in the Xmas card-making workshop, they learned new techniques and designed amazing greeting cards, tree ornaments and decorations.
The cookie workshop was a great activity for an unexpected holiday at the end of January. For the first time they tried the special recipe for butter cookies.
In September the kids have started the new school year. Some of them were really excited because this is their first year at school while the others couldn’t wait to meet again their schoolmates and share with them their summer adventures.
Thanks to donations we will continue to carry out the Afterschool program. Together with all ongoing activities, we have started a group for development of social skills. It was designed for the kids aged 12 to 15 who have behavioral problems and difficulties communicating with their classmates. The main aims of the group are to encourage the kids to build self-confidence and self-esteem, to learn how important is to be respectful of others and to treat them in a good way. Through various role plays, different types of exercises and activities they will explore how they participate in different social situations, how they collaborate with the others and what is their place in their class, in their group of friends. Also, we hope that all the group activities will help them to communicate better with their families.
Here in Bulgaria, the children have 10 – 14 weeks for summer holidays depending on which grade they are in. Usually this is the happiest time of the year abound with new experiences, opportunities to make new friends, play, create memories and develop essential social skills. But for underprivileged children the school holidays are impoverished period of isolation, boredom, and inactivity.
Your kind donation secured the Summer Club as a part of our Afterschool program. This summer we are providing 25 children with safe summer activities that support their personal and academic growth.
Thanks to long-term partnerships with different organizations we sent 11 children aged 10 – 16 to two different mountain camps for a week. There they did various activities such as swimming, hiking, rock climbing,riding, making arts and enjoying campfires.
Educational activities in the Summer Club continue till 15th of September.
First graders who can’t rely on their parents’ help are at risk of falling behind in education from the very first year. Thanks to your support this did not happen to the children who were included in the Homework Club. During the second term of the school year they spent 72 hours studying in smaller classes.
his is the last week of the school year for the first graders. All of them are much more self-confident because they already know the alphabet and are able to read and write. Afterschool learning helped them develop key life skills such as problem solving and listening skills.
Also, they can count to 100, add and subtract numbers up to 20 and tell the time to the hour and half hour on an analog clock. Thanks to the Homework club they have knowledge of important figures in Bulgarian history, basic map skills and recognize the state, city and neighborhood they live in. They have also learnt to sort and classify things according to different categories – color, shape, size, function.
Their school teachers reported that those who had previously had difficulties to follow directions have already overcome them and are getting better at social interactions with peers and group work.
Now is that time of the year when the final bell rings but we are not going to close the books. The Homework club is open year-round and during the summer is going to help children boost their memory by the use of repetition and practice.
During the second term of the school year 20 kids from 1st to 7th grade receive after-school support in Reachout. In this report we are going to introduce to you one of them.
He is in second grade. His parents are illiterate and systematically neglected him in his early age. He has never been enrolled in kindergarten and at the age of 6 he was accommodated in the orphanage. When he was accepted into the Reachout program two years ago he didn’t speak Bulgarian because it is not his native language.
At that time he was at serious risk to drop out of school. Despite all the challenges he faced he worked hard to overcome them. During the classes in the afterschool program and speech therapy in his first year at school he succeeded to learn all the first grade material and to enhance his knowledge a lot. Nowadays he likes reading fairytales and counting, and writes very diligently. His self-confidence got a major boost when his progress and achievements were noticed by the teacher.
Also, he loves to draw. Hi put his heart and soul into all pictures especially in the last ones which were included in the school exhibition at the end of the first term.
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