Wednesday saw the second support group meeting for the Home Based Care clients, I hope to blog about that next week. There’s also planning going on for training in Home Based Care at the end of the month; the aim of the training is to have more qualified people to be able to care for clients so we can reach more people with this great program.
And Tuesday was a skill-building workshop for the After School Program volunteers. We started off with a breakfast together of brötchens (bread rolls) and coffee (which, I admit, was a ploy to make sure everyone was early so we could start on time at 9am – and it worked!). The first topic was Preparation, and Tangee spoke to the volunteers on the role of preparation in lesson and activity planning, how it should be done, and how proper preparation can benefit everyone involved.
Next on the program was skills in talking to children about their problems and Vikki from Scripture Union did an excellent job of outlining listening and responding skills, as well as some basic counselling. That was the theory, and then we broke for lunch.
To give the volunteers something to keep them busy over the holidays, there was also a practical assignment. Over the next three weeks the volunteers, in pairs, must prepare a talk on HIV-AIDS to present to the youth at church. They were given additional materials to help them, and hopefully by reading the information they will also learn more facts about HIV and AIDS.
There is constantly more information coming out, and being discovered, about HIV and AIDS and one thing I’ve learnt is the importance of keeping up to date with this. It’s easy to hear so much about HIV or AIDS that you tend to tune out after a while, but because of the ongoing research into a cure the scientists and researchers are always learning something new.
Here in Namibia we have a double long weekend – celebrating Workers Day on Friday and Cassinga Day (commemorating an important battle in Namibia’s independence struggle) on Monday. Jimmy is out of town for a family funeral but friends Vasisee and Kauna and I took my girls on a ‘short’ 3 km hike today at a local wildlife park. It did feel longer than 3 kms…
Samara’s 1.25m tall, so that’s some LONG grass!