Working with Vulnerable Children

Lily Habesha
Posted March 12, 2018 from Ethiopia
Felege Yordanos's students we volunteer once in a week
If we give time for children in their early ages, we can guide them in a way we need them to walk.

 

March 4th’18 we were attending the Hawaz Art afternoon at Radisson BLU Hotel. This art club is run by one of our Volunteers, his name is Kefelegn. This guy gave four classes to the school children where we volunteer.

Last season, before their school closed for three weeks vacation we gave them some assignment to do. Out of the 70 students, only 7 students came back to school with their papers. Out of the seven students, 6 of them are girls.

I spoke to the class, they shouldn’t waste their time only in playing. “Kefelgn taught you about time management. I don’t see you that you are using it. When he asked you what is time for you, you answered to him time is gold. So, why are you throwing away your gold? Why don’t you hide in your time box? Time is the payer for anything you do. If you use it properly, time will give you a proper life. If you waste it idly, time will not be offering you anything.”

I was glad the class was quite and paid me attention.

Our volunteer team bought a 100 birr ticket for the seven students to attend The Radisson BLU Art. We enjoyed hearing the poem, short narratives and motivational speeches which made many of us laugh and laugh until we remain with no strength.

After Radisson, we take the seven students to restaurant for snacks. We had fruit slices. One of the students read for us a poem. She is a seven grader and her work is one amazing piece. Sometimes, young people do wonders. The only boy who did his assignment has a talent to sing. He sang for us two songs. He is very shy and handsome. It’s one the girl who lives close to his house who told us he can sing sweetly. It was good we sat outside not to disturb others, we were twelve with the students. Working with these students really gives hope to us and to them. That day helped me to discover what kind of talent those children have.

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Jill Langhus
Mar 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018

Hi Lily. It looks like the students that did do the assignment and showed up, really enjoyed themselves. And, that you did as well:) Thanks for sharing!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 14, 2018
Mar 14, 2018

Hi Lily,

This progression of wonderful events must have given those 7 students such an unforgettable experience, and such wonderful reinforcement for their commitment. To begin discovering the talent they have, must have been a great gift for you as well. This is such a strong reminder of how important it is for us all to find ways to open paths for young ones.

Lily Habesha
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Tam,
These young people were so amazing. Some children, if they are given the chance, they can perform anything , can do wonders beyond our imaginations. i was at their school last Tuesday, just to ask them what they learned from the ART Event at Radisson.

They organised their own show. One of the girl was acting as a host, the others were giving speech on what they learned from the ART event. I was speechless.

We really need to encourage young people and open the way to them.

Love

Lily

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 16, 2018
Mar 16, 2018

Of the 70 students, 7 seeds responded and got rewarded. I am happy that you are actovely involved in shaping the lives of the next generation, Lily.

I like the wisdom that you told the students about "Time is Gold"; that wasting time is throwing gold. May this insight stay in their hearts.

Kudos to you and Kefelegn!

Lily Habesha
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Karen,

Life is like that. We are equally given a life to breath and make our own way to success. i know, children in a well to do families may not have to struggle to win a bread, but should have to work to shape their future. these children we are working with, have parents who don't read, may be they don't have parents, they have home and no food. may be they sleep on the streets, they are a collection of all types.

But they have talents, we give them a chance to discover it. May be , they discover that by their own already, like one of the girls who read poem for us. if these children don't get support who will give them exposure and help them to work hard and to develop their talents, it can die inside them.

I've decided to work hard with these 7 children, like a drama club, children choir...to make them somebody. I'm determined to walk with them, and help them to market their talent.

Thank you

Lily

Adanna
Mar 21, 2018
Mar 21, 2018

Dear Lily,

Well done! You are doing great.

Love,
Adanna

Lily Habesha
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

Thank you Adana,

It happens by the help of God.

Lily

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 02
Mar 02

This is wonderful! well done!