Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Wonderful Volunteers!

At the end of the year and again at the end of the school year, we give prizes for those who attend the book club at the children's home regularly. We decided to make some of the prizes this year, so last week we invited the volunteers to come and help us make some fun things for the kids. As you can see, we had a fun time while doing it!
Then this week, it was time to pack the presents, and again we got the volunteers to come and help out with this. Packing 40 different prizes - 22 for girls, 18 for boys and making sure that they are mostly the same is not an easy task, but again we had fun!
As you can see, we have lots of wonderful volunteers, who love helping out with the kids as well as with other things on the side! 

Monday, December 04, 2017

Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child

I am part of the National Operation Christmas Child Team that helps get the 30 000 "shoebox" packages to the 35 partners who then give them out to children throughout Bosnia Herzegovina. There are many thousands of volunteers working in these kinds of teams throughout the world, here in Bosnia there are 6 of us on the national team, and another 10 or so on the 3 regional teams and it is great to part of this project! A couple of weeks ago I went to Sarajevo to spend the day with the National Team and two of the regional directors to work on strategic planning for the next 3 years:
The next day we held a training for the partner in and close to Sarajevo and we each took turns doing the training. Here I am doing my part:
Then last weekend, we held another training in Banja Luka for the partners in this area. And here is proof that I also helped with this training :)
It was also a fun weekend as people from the national and regional teams came before and after the training and so we enjoyed hanging out! Here are some of us in downtown Banja Luka, enjoying some of the Christmas lights.
The trainings are now over, and the shoeboxes are on their way from England - and the kids and I have been rehearsing our Christmas plays to be ready for our distributions! And I have been having fun getting some of the costumes ready:
Yes, we have a mouse in our play - in fact two of them talking about getting ready for Christmas... and two other short plays! Looking forward to seeing how they will work out :) 
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