On Sunday 30th June, first time Chifundo volunteers, Laura and Josie, set up a stall at their school’s annual ‘Family Funday’ in Regent’s Park, London.
Having already received incredible support for this year’s trip from the pupils, staff and parents of their school, Ecole Jeannine Manuel, the event was a chance to continue to raise awareness about Chifundo as well as get a bit silly for a great cause!
Teachers from both the primary and secondary school gave up some of their Sunday to be at the mercy of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ where kids could spin the wheel for a chance to sing karaoke with their teacher, challenge them to a hula-hoop competition or dress them up for a ridiculous selfie.
Congrats to Laura, Josie and all the staff for a fantastic day of family fun for the whole family!
In an effort to provide the children with valuable life skills, the Trust (the team of locals who run the day to day activities of the Foundation) recently held some workshops for the children to develop skills in two key areas; Tailoring & Carpentry. These are two important life skills to learn and the value in these week long workshops cannot be understated.
The Trust sought the involvement of a local tailor & carpenter as well as some parents proficient in both areas to impart their skills, knowledge and expeirence to the next generation. As always, the children were eager to learn and the outputs they created are amazing!
The campus has been lacking desks and the carpentry workshop set out to fix this! Over the course of the workshop the children learned some valuable skills in this area, learning to use a saw, hammer & nails and other tools.
Initiatives like these are incredibly encouraging to see. It is vital that the children learn these valuable life skills. Similar to Ireland, not all children will be suited to, or chose to pursue higher education so the chance to gain experience and pick up some basic skills could help them get a job in these areas and ultimately allow them to provide for their families.
Perhaps the most encouraging thing is seeing the ideas for workshops being developed by the Trust and carried out with the larger Chifundo Community in Zomba. It is this sense of ownership and committment within the Chifundo Community on the ground in Zomba that will ensure the programmes untimate success – Make sure each child reaches their potential, whether that be in academia or learning a skill and advancing to the workplace.
Our teams of volunteers have been incredibly busy fundraising. Earlier this summer the first annual 5K park run was held in the Phoenix Park in Dublin!
Runners on the day includes past and present volunters as well as some friends! It is remarkable to see the comittment from everybody year-in-year-out and indeed the willingness of their friends to fundraise too! A sure sign that the Chifundo community is growing stronger each year.
Our runners all made it around in very respectable times and their fundrasing efforts have gone a long way in supporting the children in the Chifundo programme with payment of school fees, nutritional support as well as educational materials.
With the run being such a resounding success, we will be be making this an annual event. If you would like to help out in any way, or take part, please email email@example.com.
Before the first group of volunteers left this summer, Evance stood up in front of his peers and the volunteers to deliver a speech he had prepared. In it, he detailed exactly what Chifundo has done for him and how grateful he is to everyone who has donated over the years and who continues to help him and the rest of the children in Chifundo. Before we left we got Evance to recant his speech for all to see back home.