We gave the children (12 years and older) a lesson on “Vision Boards;” what they were, their purpose and how to make them. They LOVED it and really were engaged with them! The younger children made pictures with paint.
Then we had each child give a presentation, describing their painted picture or vision board.
Amber and Nisha joined in the fun; made one and gave a presentation.
Each day two of us helped Mama Arch in the kitchen. Amber and I worked together in the kitchen and we made spaghetti. Never in my life have I ever witnessed anyone make this much spaghetti for one meal! Mama Arch and Anita have some cooking skills and we were truly impressed! Look at the size of their pots!!
They cleaned the dishes as they cooked; so the kitchen was never dirty!
We made play dough at our flat and brought it in for the children to play with. Nisha said she had never seen the things made with play dough that these children made.
I was touched with one boy came to show me that he had made the exact replica of my camera!
Amber taught some children how to play the American version of hand games.
We taught the children how to make jewelry.
Even Teacher Pumeza got in on the fun!!
Our last day (September 27), they surprised us with a tearful program and lunch. The transformed one of the classrooms into a dining room and it was beautiful!
They began the program by singing “Happy Birthday” to Nisha, because they missed her birthday due to the Center being closed for the Heritage Holiday.
Zolani read a beautiful poem.
Siphesihle recited a poem titled “Friendship.”
They sang and danced as well!!
They really made it hard for us to say goodbye…
Oh, I almost forgot to mention… They found my name difficult to pronounce, so per Chantelle’s (pictured below) suggestion, they all called me “Mama;” even the workers!! I LOVED it!!