One of my memorable highlights was leading the arts & crafts activities with the children at Sure 24 children’s home in Nakuru. This day stood out for me the most as I believe arts and crafts should be explored and be accessible especially in counties like Kenya and in children’s homes like this one. At Sure 24 Sammy and Millie have made a sacrifice to dedicate their lives to ensure that vulnerable children are given a home and a chance to gain an education.
The day was filled with many activities to choose from. We made loom bands, did colouring in, made murals and created a thankful tree. Each activity was set up so every child could take part. As the children came in with their teachers, my heart warmed with happiness and joy as I saw the excitement on their faces as they stood lined up waiting for their teachers to instruct them about what was about to happen.
As a mother my self I really enjoyed stepping back watching the children enjoying what was in front of them. No matter how simple the activities were they still got involved, exchanged smiles laughter, and jokes with their friends, teachers and peers. The love and care they had for one another was moving to see. Sharing what they had made with each other gave me goose pimples not only were the children selfless with their actions but most importantly they were grateful. Each child expressed their dreams hopes and aspirations and what they were grateful for through the activities.
Being a mother, a leader and role model in my community and amongst the young people I work with, my Kenya experience was one of the most phenomenal memories I have thus far. It reminding me of the emotional intelligence and empathy I align myself with, and it allowed me to use those skills. Not only do I think our presence left an impact on the children we met, the experience also left a lasting impact on me too.
Chanel, Get Leading Team 2017
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