With the pre-school, the children are now in the care of loving adults who play educational games and stimulate their young minds. They receive a cooked porridge and balanced lunch every day at school. The children are learning about social behaviour, hygiene, dental care and are treated with the respect and dignity every human being deserves.
The pre-school also serves as a place where children can receive the nutrition they so severely lack for their growth and development. Due to the extreme poverty, several families survive on nothing more than dry white rice, maize porridge or bread without anything on it. With this poor diet, the children are often sick, do not develop as they should and suffer the long term effects of malnutrition.
The school currently has three classrooms: Age 0 to 2 years, 2-4 years and 4-6 years. Each class has an unqualified teacher who is a local, unemployed woman with a natural gift of working with children. The teachers translate for the volunteers and assist them to be able to work well with the children. They are also there to help maintain discipline in the classroom. Although it is illegal, many other pre-schools use hitting as a punishment but this is not allowed here. Teachers are carefully chosen and taught how to work with the children. Volunteers run the classes and are encouraged to take initiative to use fun activities to teach the children. Here you can truly make a lasting difference in the lives of these children.