|Volunteers bring hope for an early childhood development program|
The first five years of a child's life shapes the future of their health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general. Recent research confirms that the first five years have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow.
Story telling helps the children develop an imaginative and creative mind
Twenty one volunteers from the Triangle Church of Christ visited the HOPE worldwide Kenya Site in the Mukuru Informal Settlement in Nairobi and participated in early childhood activities with over 60 children under 5 years from neighboring informal schools. They read with the children, colored with them, played games, counted, and sang songs. The volunteers taught some simple English to the children; and the children taught some simple Swahili to the volunteers. It was a day of mutual learning, laughter and love. After the activities they all had snacks together. Everyone left very happy. This day was the beginning of what we hope to become a vibrant early childhood development program!
The children expressing themselves through drawing and sharing their pictures.
The volunteers also contributed a one year supply of sanitary towels to over 400 young girls in the informal settlement. Another group of volunteers came in March this year. One of participants works for an up-market clothing manufacturer and brought remnants of high quality material to be used in the tailoring and dress making class. Needless to say that, partnerships are powerful! A BIG ‘thank you’ to our friends from theTriangle Church of Christ.
Fridah Gatwiri, the Fashion and Design Tutor, beams with joy & gratitude afterreceiving a fabric donation