COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children

by Power of Love Foundation
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COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children

Happy Father's Day! Help us celebrate by giving a gift of fun and learning to a vulnerable child in Zambia.  

We believe that playing games, coloring, singing, dancing, and playing with building blocks is essential for the normal physical and mental development of a child. Our "Safe Park" program provides the right environment for educational games and activities. As a result of continued partcipation in this program, (i) younger children participate in games with enthusiasm, have fewer fights, and share toys more easily; (ii) older children are more comfortable in discussing their problems with youth counselors, asking for help with homework, and disclosing problems encountered by a friend and/or neighbor, (iii) there is an improvement in self-esteem and mental and physical competency, (iv) development of social skills via sharing, following rules, fairness, and cooperation, and (v) development of better social relations with peers and adults.

Power of Love's “Safe Parks” program is free and open to all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka Zambia. Every Saturday morning children from this community, join our trained child and youth care workers in educational games and engage in drama, role play, and discussions. Most children have developmental problems (mental or physical) and are vulnerable to disease as they are growing up in an environment with a high incidence of HIV, may have lost a parent, their own HIV positive status, lack of enough food etc. These children need counseling and special care for normal development. Children are encouraged to play and interact with their peers while the Project Nurse observes them for any signs of distress, trauma or grief. Family members are provided with counseling and referrals to agencies that can help the child develop normally.

An example of a game that teaches children cooperation, problem solving and develops trust between peers is, “Ship Ship Come Home”. In this game the children are divided into two groups. One group shouts to the other group “Ship Ship come home!” and children from the opposite group run to catch friends from the other side. The children who are caught join the group which caught them.

Overall, games and activities improve the children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and overall health. Better health leads to fewer missed days at school, and higher school performance. At the very minimum this program keeps children off the streets where they can get into trouble or get abused.   

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Happy Mothers’ Day! This Mother’s Day give a gift of fun and learning to a vulnerable child in Zambia.

What Is “Safe Parks”? Every Saturday morning 70-80 children join our trained child and youth care workers in educational games and engaging in drama, role play, and discussions. These children are growing up in a difficult environment and have very few opportunities for fun and learning. Most need counseling for mental health issues due to the loss of a parent/family member, their HIV positive status, and lack of enough food. Children are encouraged to mix and interact with their peers while the Project Nurse observes them for any signs of distress, trauma or grief. Family members are provided with counseling and referrals regarding agencies that can help the child develop normally.

The program is free and open to all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka Zambia.

Activities: The younger children have fun, and are able to play, learn and express themselves in a safe environment. They engage in drawing, coloring, playing with building blocks, singing, and dancing. Older children (ages 13-18 years) engage in discussions on topics such as overall health, hygiene, prevention of HIV and malaria. Drug and alcohol abuse, STI's, and safe sex are some of the sensitive topics that are discussed with adolescent children. Homework help is provided and children are invited to share report cards from their school. In addition, HIV+ pregnant women are counselled on how to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) so that they can deliver a baby who is free of HIV. Family members are encouraged to go in for testing for HIV which is the first step toward prevention of HIV Lastly, a snack is provided to all children.

Impact: Younger children have fun while learning to share toys and interact with peers. Discussion on sensitive topics with older children, leads to increased knowledge about HIV, reduces stigma, reduces early pregnancies, and encourages adherence to medication. Homework assistance helps the children do better at school, provides an incentive to attend school every day and improves life skills. Information provided to women regarding PMTCT and voluntary testing for HIV prevents HIV infection and its spread.    

Overall, these games and activities improve the children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and overall health. Better health leads to fewer missed days at school, and higher school performance. At the very minimum this program keeps children off the streets over the weekend where they can get into trouble or get abused.   

Mentoring: We invite children who have graduated from our pediatric HIV care program to mentor younger children. The mentors act as role models as they play games, help with homework, share their experiences, and encourage the children to take care of their health and stay in school. 

Thanks for providing a fun and learning environment to vulnerable children in Zambia.

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About “Safe Parks”:  “Safe Park” is a program that is free and open to all children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia. The community of Matero is one of the largest (population of around 200,000) and poorest compounds in Lusaka, with an unemployment rate upwards of 60% and a high incidence of HIV and malaria. Most residents live on less than a dollar a day. Children growing up in this community are vulnerable to grief, distress and trauma (due to the loss of a parent/family member, the child herself being sick, lack of enough food etc.). “Safe Park” provides the children an opportunity for fun, and learning in a healthy environment. Trained child and youth care workers educate the children via games, drama, role play, poetry, and discussions on topics relevant to the children. Discussion topics with older children range from overall health, hygiene, prevention of HIV and malaria, to sexually transmitted diseases and safe sex. The younger children engage in drawing, coloring, soccer, playing with building blocks, singing and dancing. In addition, homework help is provided.  Family members of children who are not growing normally (physically or mentally) are counselled and referred to the appropriate agency for further assistance. Lastly, HIV+ expecting moms are counselled on how to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV so that they can deliver a baby who is free of HIV.

Impact: The younger children have fun and are able to play and learn in a safe environment. Discussion on sensitive topics with older children, leads to increased knowledge about HIV, reduces stigma and encourages them to adhere to their medication. Homework assistance helps the children do better at school, and provides an incentive to attend school every day. Family members are encouraged to go in for testing for HIV which is the first step toward prevention of HIV.

Overall, these games and activities improve the children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and overall health. Better health leads to fewer missed days at school, and higher school performance. At the very minimum this program keeps children off the streets where they can get into trouble or get abused.   

Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries are about 75-80 children and families who participate each week. The beneficiary children range in age from two to sixteen years old. Indirect beneficiaries are family members who are counselled and referred to other agencies. At this time we have a total of about 760 children enrolled in this program.  

Next Steps: A few children who have graduated from our pediatric HIV care program after turning 18 years old, come back to mentor the younger children. They play games, help with homework, share their experiences, and encourage the children to take care of their health and stay in school.

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The team at Power of Love would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and express our gratitude for your support throughout the year. Your donation has given the gift of happiness to children impacted/infected by HIV in Zambia. Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video shot during our last field visit. We hope that you enjoy the video as much as we do.

Power of Love's Safe Parks program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. We could not have achieved our goals this year without each of you. 

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and laughter!

                    THANK YOU

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Every Saturday morning, Power of Love's staff gathers together to play educational games and provide homework help to children impacted by HIV in a poor community in Zambia. This activity is a part of Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program and is open and free for all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka, Zambia. The children interact with their friends/peers by playing games, and participating in educational activities including help with homework. Older children who have graduated from this program come back to mentor younger children. At this time we have more than 700 children enrolled and every week 70-80 children participate in this program. The children look forward to this activity every week, are learning and having fun.

"Safe Parks" was created so that children have a comfortable and open place to play normally, have fun, and reinforce values of "living positive" and staying healthy. Second, our Nurse checks for normal mental and physical growth (during games and interaction) and counsels the family members as needed. 

We have a lot of fun playing and interacting with the children Some of our favorite games are:
Mulilo Kulupili (Fire on the Mountain): This simple game teaches problem solving by turning to peers, parents, teachers, care workers, or others around you for help. 
How To Play: Allow the children to run freely in a small area. As the children are running, one of the leaders continues to shout “Mulilo-Kulupili.” The children respond “Mulilo!” and then the leader announces a number, say 3 and the children and leaders must form a group of three.

Land Rover (Red Rover): This popular game teaches children that when facing obstacles, you must stay strong and work together.
How To Play: Split the children into two even groups, each forming a line opposite each other (approximately 15 meters or more), with each line joining hands. One group yells “Land Rover, Land Rover, send [insert child’s name from opposite group] right over!” The child who has been called must then run towards the opposite group and try and break through the line. If they succeed, they choose one person from this group and bring them back to their original group. If the child is caught in the line, without it breaking, they must stay with this group. Each group alternates until one group has all the children on its side.

Ship Ship Come Home: This is a problem-solving game, in which children learn that they can rely on friends around them to help solve problems. It helps children build resilience. 
How To Play: Divide the children into two groups. One group shouts to the other group “Ship ship come home!” and the opposite group will run to catch friends from the other side. The children who are caught will join the group which caught them.

10 to 1 Game: This game develops counting skills, and provides great exercise as well! 
How To Play: First pump your left arm 10x, followed by right arm 10x, then your left leg 10x, followed by your right leg 10x, counting out lead. Repeat by pumping each arm and leg 9x, then 8x, and so on.

Chili go go go Chilipaliwe: This game teaches children to assist each other when a friend or relative runs into a problem and needs help. 
How To Play: The children form a circle, with each child sitting facing the middle. Each child holds a small stone, and everyone starts chanting “go, go na go go” while passing a stone around to the next friend. The stones keep moving in the rhythm of the chant as it continues.

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