The NGO called World Vision is the only present organization in my community. They have created water projects, started gardens, and built a kagogo center which is “center for the children”. World Vision also signs Kids up to be sponcered by people in Australia. When they receive a sponcer they get birthday cards and “bobs” shoes.
World Vision also set up a play group in my community that happends every Saturday from 1pm-4pm. This gives something for the kids to do in a rural community when school is off. The teacher is an old women who designed the class to go like this; sing songs of praise to god, pray, listening to a book read in English, do Swazi traditional dancing, pray, then rent books out and go home. I was so excited to see kids wanting to learn, especially on a weekend, so I always join in when I’m free. 20-30 kids attend each week with age ranges from 1-15 years old.
I snuck in today to do an art project with the kids. I made a simple one where the kids could draw their favorite animal, write the name, and then present their drawing complete with what sound the animal makes. During the process sadly, a lot of kids seemed lost on what to do with a colorful piece of paper and crayons. As a nanny in the states I know kids go wild over coloring, but creativity mentality heavily lacks here. Kids are disciplined for curiosity and many of them have not set their eyes on a creative project before. In school they do not have art classes or even colorful classroom drawings. So, this morning I could see why the students were stuggling to come up with an idea or what colors to use. I tried to make it a free non-strict environment for them to be creative. I plan to do more activities with this group because they are already an established group where the kids want to learn! Here are some photos of what the class drew!