Tonight there were 9 of us (including Jessica) who went to the orphanage to run the English Club. It was so much nicer with a big group of helpers - the kids were less noisy and more cooperative, but as always, it was loud and messy. However, it is actually great to see that more actual learning took place!! We did various games, including a memory game in groups, and our favourites: "head shoulders" and "simon says".
David went around taking photos (and video - see below), which was really great. Here are some of us playing a memory game with body parts in English. All the kids sitting down and being (mostly) quiet. Great achievement!!Here I am (again) with Duska, the carer who makes this all possible by letting us use her "family's" living room for all the kids to invade. You can see our great paint job in the background.
And to give you a real taste of what it is like: here is a short video of us doing Head and Shoulders:
I think the most important thing about going is not that the kids learn English, but that they know that someone cares enough about them to come and give them a fun time! Now, talking about caring for them: there are 8 other "family areas" in the home, but this one has become our stomping ground. We helped them to paint it, and now I would really love to help them get new furniture. The home does not have any money for anything like this, but it really wouldn't take much to get them some new furniture. Let us help the now 13 children (out of the 70 in the orphanage) that will be living in this little space will be able to feel like this is a home. If anyone is able to help me with this project, please comment on this post! Let us help them make a home for themselves...