Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Posted by P2P Earth at 8:09 AM
Posted by P2P Earth at 8:05 AM
We were blessed to spend some time in Johannesburg and help out with activities happening there. We thought to share some of the highlights of our trip.
There were so many things happening as the new Adieu centre was being completed and we had to get the rooms and all ready for the first group of volunteers who were arriving a couple of weeks later. There was building, moving, cleaning and lots of planning done to make sure everything was done on time. The centre is completed and looks amazing and will be a great help to host volunteers in the future.
We got to help make food parcels once again and also go and do food shopping for the parcels. Lilandi and I (Liezl) got the job to buy the food and love doing so. We go and buy the food on two different days as there is not enough stock on the shelves for us to buy our complete order on 1 day. As you can see below, Lilandi had to climb on some canned foods to reach the last of the soy packs. There is always something new to do when buying food.
Other distribution we were also involved with was that of the creche equipment. A company gives funds which enables us to buy creche equipment for 5 creches. Hendri and I got to distribute the equipment to some of these creches. Packing the car was "fun", trying to fit all the things in without popping blown up balls or breaking white boards or tearing open packs of stationary with the sharp edges of the tables and chairs. Hendri got it all in and off we went.
It was a large donation too! We were glad only two of us went to pick up the blankets as there was absolutely no space anywhere in the car on the way back home.
The GrR (Grade R) courses and extra classes we got to experience first hand. Lilandi and I went to a few preschools where she demonstrated and taught me how to do the lessons. These courses and extra classes we will be starting in Port Elizabeth.
One of my favorite moments was when we got to give Sunday school lessons again at the Aphiwe Good News centre. There were so many more children than when we left. Hendri had a group of 9 youth, I had close to 20 and Otilia had about 8 or so youngsters. As I was teaching my class I looked out the window to see how Otilia was teaching her children in the nature God had created, the children sitting on the green grass, in the warm sun with a cool breeze blowing the small tree above them. I thought this just the perfect picture on how we can teach children about God!
Posted by P2P Earth at 8:04 AM
The course is usually run over a period of 6 weeks (where the student comes 1 day a week for 2 hours). Since we did not have Sis. Leona with us for 6 weeks, we needed to have a crash course, and it was done in 4 days flat ! That meant having to double up on the hours, i.e., we would be busy for 5 hours each day teaching and learning. The ladies were all very attentive and enjoyed the course, as evident in the photos below.
The morning that the creche course started , we arrived at the school and found a big empty room. No chairs, no tables, no people and no power for the laptop and projector to work. Fun times lay ahead for us: "Are we too early?", "Where are the people?", "Where are the people going to sit, IF they do arrive?", "How can we get power for the electronics?", "How on earth is this course going to be a success?" … all these questions were racing through our minds as we stood in this empty room, feeling very lost and not quite sure what to do.
A few minutes later, a lady walked in and got some children to carry chairs from a different room to our room. We got an extension cable running from the main house to the room for electricity. A few minutes later, there were a few more ladies walking in the door. When the course finally started, we had a total of 15 students in the room.
Even though the course was squeezed into 4 days (done super quick), the ladies still managed to do their homework and present it to the class.
It works well to let the ladies do the actions to songs, play the games themselves and do everything we want them to do with the children. This way, the ones who can't understand or speak English can at least see what we do and they also remember it so much better.
The students made crafts; some were just to see how to make things out of waste; others were specifically for puting on their wall at the creche to teach their children.
All in all, the crash course turned out to be a very successful, We also got to build many great relationships.
Because we had a relatively small number attend, we got to know the ladies very well. The township in which they work is also much smaller than Tembisa in Kempton Park. The day after the course ended, we (Leona, Hendri, Liezl and Sheriden) went to drop off the ladies certificates at their creches. We could also then see what kind of facilities they had.
We didn't have a clue where the creches were; so we would drop off one certificate and get the teacher of that creche to drive with us to the next creche, and so it went on until we got to the last one. Bro. Sheriden who came with us was able to donate a cot to one of the teachers who had almost no place for her children to sleep.
With these relationships that have now been established, we can move on to running more courses such as brain gym, cooking courses, homework clubs, Sunday school, Bible classes and correspondence courses.
Posted by P2P Earth at 8:03 AM