Life’s Building Blocks
Children are precious gifts from God. As they grow up, each life experience is like a building block being added to the “project”, with the final goal in mind. To see each child whole, successful, healed, well loved and then to strive daily to meet these goals is us adding these building blocks one by one. When life meets with a challenge we have the opportunity to teach the child how to react in a way that will either aid or hinder their progress and in so doing the the outcome will either add character to the “project” or serve as a broken pillar or missing brick in the final “project”. As teachers, parents, caregivers, child minders, grandparents and even friends we have an impact on the lives around us. Let’s choose to be a positive influence, an encourager, an edifyer and motivator that sees the possibilities not the obstables when guiding our children to strive for their best in all they do and in all God has in store for them!
Until We Meet Again
Julie served as a volunteer at iKhaya for 6 months. She arrived from France feeling a little overwhelmed by the language, cultural and social differences she encountered. She is French and we set her up to stay with our existing German volunteers. They were all faced with speaking to one another in English (second languages all round!) all while trying to bond when the Germans had arrived together and have their home country in common.
But Julie is strong in mind, heart and character and she faced the challenges head on and came out stronger andbraver for it. She is a new person for the time she invested with us. She left her flavour with us and the kids grew to know and love her dearly. We said goodbye knowing this was the beginning, not the end of a frendship. See you again and again dear Julie! We miss you already so hurry “HOME”.
Sonja Swim School
The swimming season has come to a close. Our kiddies enjoyed Learn to Swim Lessons through Sonja Swim School. Sonja and Debi have been super stars as they gave up their free time to teach our kids with passion and care. To end off the season Sonja Swim School held a Fun Day in Meerensee. Our kids won prizes, received certificates of participation and simply enjoyed the morning together. We are looking forward to the new season with great anticipation!
Career day at school created an element of excitement in the home as the kids chose what they wanted to be when they grow up or what would be fun to be for a day. We had a nurse, doctor, mechanic, motorbike rider, farmer, cricketer, 2 chefs, a teacher and soccer player!
He is Not Here, He is Risen
Thank you to the folk who gave Easter eggs to us for our Easter Hunt. St Catherine’s School Early Act made little paper Easter baskets too, which we placed on the kids beds to find on Easter morning. Such a sweet gesture, thank you Saints! We serve a RISEN King and we teach our kids to serve and praise Him too. He is our Father and He meets our daily needs. There is never a day that passes that we are not aware of His presence, His love and His provisions. We are living proof that miracles are real today!
Play and Educate
Children are sponges. They watch and learn. They will copy everything we do and say… yes that means both the good, the bad and the ugly! We are responsible for our own behaviour and need to be aware of the influences we have on the children in and around us. Our German volunteers spend many hours teaching, reading and playing with the little pre-school children each morning. Riding bikes, climbing the jungle gym, taking a walk are all part of our mornings. Playdough, painting, the odd pool of mud or an old cardboard box are awesome for making activities more fun.
Dear friends of iKhaya
“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.” Peter Levine I learn life lessons every day. Some through my family, social interactions and some in the work place. Working primarily with previously vulnerable or orphaned children has taught me that whatever we face in life, whether positive or negative, it affects the way we interact, behave and process situations we find ourselves in. We are more and more aware at iKhaya how past truamas affect so many peoples’ lives. Education, emotions, friendships and behaviour are some of the areas in which we see the effects of childhood trauma. Besides professional guidance and counselling for staff and children the best we can do is LOVE one another and each child through the anger and turmoil they face.
If you are a trained counsellor, or would like to contribute towards psychological treatments we would love to hear from you. Please visit our website for our other basic needs or contact me directly to chat about your partnership desires!
With love and greetings,
Loressa and the iKhaya team iKhaya