Our after school program has also been a little different, we have welcomed all children of all ages, most of whom are thoroughly bored and we know that generally boredom does not lead to good things in the lives of these kids. Yesterday we had a fantastic day weeding, planting and watering the little garden in the middle of the school grounds. No on seems to take care of this garden so our kids got to work. They honestly were so incredibly helpful and did a FANTASTIC job! The garden has been totally transformed and we look forward to the beautiful flower that spring will bring. The children were extremely proud of their achievements! We filled 8 black bags with weeds!
I truly feel that through circumstance we have no control over and cannot plan for we are given the opportunity to stand out and be different. In the programs that we run, one of our aims is always to make kids, staff, the community and anyone we come into contact with feel different to how others make them feel. It is sad that this is the case, but this is the reality in most of these children’s lives. Most of these children are not made to feel loved, accepted, special or valued at home or at school. We think that this is how kids should feel all the time. In times like these we have such an opportunity to act differently to those around us. We can choose to complain about the circumstances, the lack of communication and the inefficiency; all which we would be totally justified doing. Or we can behave in a way in which we feel Jesus has called us to and in doing so be the light and salt in this community. I know that this is not my natural reaction, it is a choice. I am so proud of the Camp Sonshine Africa team who has made this choice. I know that we have used this opportunity well!