It is 3 weeks holiday and we are so mean, we bought holiday packets for the bigger children, to work a bit during the vacation! They were very excited and several went with me in the car to buy them in town. They do need a lot of help, many of them are behind, due to sickness or not being encouraged to learn and to go to school. If we have older children in Amecet we bring them to school as soon as they can physically, handle it. We do feel that education is a tool to come out of the circle of being stigmatized and poverty.
We have 3 children in Nursery school, Moses, Jackson and Ruth (daughter of our staff Dominique) Jackson is trying to match the shapes and to count.
Jennifer has not been to school yet, she is 9 years. She has been sick a lot and we had to feed her via a NG tube. But she is gaining now!!!! We gave her the packet for P1, but I think that might be even to hard for her. We try to find the things she can do. She is very happy to be part of this. And that is also important.....
Michel is most of the time outside, laying on a mattress, he can't play since he has the metal pins in his leg (read the last blogs). He has been for a very short time in P1. So we got him also a P1 package, it is very hard for him. But just trying is good, slowly, every day a little bit.
Maliamu is not very long with us, she did very well and she wanted to go to school., We agreed for half days, but after 4 days she got sick and a lot of pain in the chest. We took her to the doctor and different tests and X ray. She started anti TB medication, a part of her lung had collapsed. We are now 3 weeks further and it is a joy to see her sitting at the table, trying to work a bit in her P4 package.
Here are Jennifer, Cathy (my daughter) and Kenneth working. Cathy is in P2 and Kenneth in P4. We plan to have every morning some time, after snack time, to work with the holiday packages. The children are (still) very enthusiastic and it will be good for their performance in school.
We are quite full in Amecet, I am writing a lot about the babies, but also the bigger children are there! And they need attention, love and care as well!!