Looks like the First Lady's Annual Christmas Kids Party's well underway now. Broad smiles from face-painted kids, balloons, cupcakes and lollipops! How good it is to see vulnerable children from deprived neighbourhoods and communities valued and getting a taste of life as it should be. It's the very least they deserve. Clearly, a first class bash from the Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone. WARMING UP NICELY & MAKING NEW FRIENDS!
Kids sitting patiently waiting for the
Miss Dee kicks off Hopes' Christmas party at Mama Mayila's Cradle with a welcome for the Moa Wharf kids! More than 90 children, orphaned by Ebola or otheriwse vulnerable from the centre and Moa Wharf came to celebrate this special time of the year where they are the focus of attention for the day. And after the speeches came the food and then the dancing!
Our thanks to Alfred Sima, visiting from our partners CoDWelA who carried out the first of our scheduled training sessions for our Mama Mayila's Cradle volunteer staff at Hope Interim Care Centre. Today's training lasted for three packed hours 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Issues around vulnerability, types of vulnerability, classes of vulnerable children, need for child care, types of care (Physical and psycho-social care) and alternative care were all discussed, provoking participat
So, without further ado here they are: Mama Mayila's Cradles' first ever Head Girls and Boys (Seniors and Juniors) and with Deputies. Lots of Deputies. 12 Girls and 11 boys you know they take gender equality as seriously as Mama Mayila: guess who's going to always win the important votes? All the children at the Centre who want a turn being Deputy or Head will get a turn and then, in 6 months time, everybody's going to vote on who was best and those children will get the job
Sierra Leone, in common with many least developed countries can be a difficult place to work in. The poverty there is so deep-seated, so desperate and consuming that it literally drives people to sell each other out and on a quite casual basis. A Sierra Leone friend recently returned commented "I went to Guinee and they cleaned me out. I came home to Sierra Leone and they rinsed me." Everybody that you meet seems to have a friend, a brother, an uncle or a lover and they can c