For Lion Encounter volunteers Sarah, Leon and Clémence, and interns Jessica and Stephanie, last Saturday saw their first visit to the Kids Club at Natebe Primary School in Livingstone. At first the children were quite shy to see so many new faces, but the universal language of play soon took over and they quickly got to know their visitors.
Stephanie and Jessica were responsible for planning the lesson, which was about houses around the world. They began by sharing photographs with the children, which were used to stimulate discussion about the materials used to build each one; many of which were completely unfamiliar to the students. They were fascinated to see the different styles of houses and to understand how culture influences the way people live in other countries. The children were then asked to either choose their favourite photograph, or to think about their own dream home, and to draw a picture of it. The volunteers joined in the activity, before talking about what their dream home was all about. The morning ended with games outside; Simon Says, Hot Potato and Land Rover, a game which teaches the children about working as a team.
ALERT has been running the weekly Natebe Kids Club at the school for over a year now and the numbers of children attending continues to increase. For many of these youngsters, their childhood is something they simply don’t have the time to enjoy. Many are busy caring for ill parents or younger siblings, so this opportunity to learn and play in a safe environment is very important to them. You can help ALERT to support schools in our local communities by sponsoring a school, or you may wish to join us in Africa as an intern, or as part of our community volunteer program.