From a Volunteer’s Perspective
We approached the Joshua Project with eager anticipation, arriving promptly at 9 am. To our delight, the children were already there, engaged in various activities. Janine was busy in the kitchen, preparing a hearty meal for them. The children were served first, enjoying a meal of fries, sausage, bread, and fried eggs. Before digging in, they followed the tradition of washing their hands and saying a prayer of gratitude.
Following this satisfying lunch, it was finally time to engage in our planned activities with the children. Gijs, a volunteer from the Netherlands, led the way by taking the three eldest kids to the computer room for a lesson. He patiently taught them how to navigate the computer using the mouse and introduced an educational program that required them to match related topics by dragging them together.
Meanwhile, Marieke, another dedicated volunteer, accompanied the two girls to their own classroom. The girls were thrilled to have a dedicated space with their own table and folders for their worksheets. Marieke conducted writing lessons, practiced counting with them, worked on numbers, and even helped them create a colouring page. Their faces beamed with pride as they eagerly displayed their folders to Natasja, the social worker.
By Gijs and Marieke Depeinder
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