Food, Skills and Fun
With the build of Sophie’s Skills Shed, and the increasing awareness that this is their place, the children have been flocking to the Resource Centre. Each weekend day now sees an average of 400; sometimes there are slightly fewer; sometimes considerably more.
They all get given food; depending on the weather they have fun and games outside, or inside if it’s inclement. And they are starting to learn skills, to stand them in good stead for their future.
Here is a selection of photos showing some of them, becoming happier and more fulfilled – and having full tummies.
The little boy learning how to build and point bricks is Anock who features on our information booklet – an orphan who had no blanket to lie on or cover himself with, and who had no shoes. We have a piece written by Levison about Anock and how his life has changed; he is representative of all the children whom the Foundation is helping here: The untold story of Anock.
Update - November 2019
The children love reading books. At the moment Levison keeps the books in the Stores but brings them out when the children gather at the weekends. When the main Resource Centre is able to be built, which will house the Library, it will contain so much reading material. Look at the joy on the faces of the kids who, previously, had maybe seen textbooks only in their schools.
The toys and art materials are brought out too. The older children love the educational toys, some of which encourage manual dexterity, and team effort too.
There are regularly in excess of 500 children who come to the Resource Centre at the weekends, some of whom walk long distances.
Here are a couple of photos of one of the gatherings. The children are fed in sessions, starting with the youngest and Levison has made twenty of them captains so that they can help the younger ones.
The kids, the boys in particular, love football. Here are some gathered early in the day. They've found the ball and are demanding to play their favourite game.
Update - August 2019
The Resource Centre is used every Saturday and Sunday, and some days in between when the children are on holiday. Numbers are increasing as news of the Foundation’s work spreads; there are now regularly more than 600 children, many of whom walk for miles to eat, to learn and to play.
However, Levison and his team have been able to feed all those in need, although the feeding of the children has had to take priority over some other aspects, primarily the sending out of goods to Ibuluma which will be resumed when money received allows.
The children have been learning new skills, and enjoying games and artistry.
On 6 November 2017, the first knitting classes took place in Chitipa, using wool and needles donated by William.
There were 40 orphans and they were split into five classes so that each child would be able to have individual attention.
Two ladies, Mickness Silungwe and Emily Kaira volunteered to teach the children, and the Foundation thanks them, not only for bringing happiness to the faces of the children, but also for the joy those smiling faces gives to everybody who views the video.
The children started off with some trepidation, no different from kids anywhere in the world at the thought of learning something new, but by the end of each class, through the patience of their teachers, they were empowered.
The classes are continuing, and we have more photos in the Gallery. Already the children have made some baby hats and are looking forward to making more substantial items like blankets.
The first of the organised ball games took place on 9 November 2017 and the orphans of the Ibuluma villages had great fun.
The games were officiated by Anold Ngámbi and the children chose their own names for the teams, as you can hear at the end of the video clip – William Stars and Mary Queens!
The children wanted to thank William for providing the balls and they love chorusing ‘Thank you, William Stewart’.
So many of them without shoes, let alone football boots, and as yet no football jerseys, but the main thing is that they had the facility to run about joyfully as children should which is so good for their overall wellbeing.
Earlier updates can be seen in our archives.