For the month of September, children got an opportunity to learn how to bake chocolate cake and cookies. This class was conducted by Adi, who is a volunteer from Israel, she came along with her husband who did music class (another bonus class). All children had an opportunity to participate in each step.
To show that they have mastered the procedures, the children decided to make one cake for their fellow children who had a birthday, they went the extra mile by decorating the cake. The cake was perfect and delicious. If the children will be given facilities like a baking oven, materials this could be turned into a project, this will not only enable the center to earn some money but also skills and employment opportunity to children who will not be able to make to university.
At Amani, we believe supporting the continuing education of our child care team is vital to supporting our children's mental and emotional health. We are about to enroll our house mothers and fathers in courses towards their professional Early Childhood Care degrees. This will equip our staff with comprehensive knowledge on how to provide quality care to the children of Amani. Our matron and patron are due to start their education later this year.
We are also supporting our social welfare officer as he does extra certifications programs in social work. These courses focus on helping children process and heal from trauma, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and strengthen their emotional and social skills. We're so thrilled our staff can participate in these lessons!
In a year where many of us find ourselves disconnected, Amani has ramped up efforts to keep children connected to their families and help parents cope with stress. Our on-site social worker, teaming up with the social welfare office, led regular child protection and advocacy community seminars. We make sure even the chaos that the pandemic brings doesn't derail our community and on-site initiatives to advocate for children's rights.
Amani also facilitated holiday visits home for children whose families are able to host them. We had our big holiday celebration, reminding staff and children alike that even in the most difficult times, we find joy and hope. Students participated in graduation ceremonies with their families, sharing their achievements and celebrating their dreams for tomorrow. Finally, our rainy-season soccer games provide a chance for family, friends, and neighbors to connect. We've been hard at work fostering healthy relationships through fun, and it gives us all a sense of meaning despite this challenging year!
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