The vision behind the children's activities is to enable children to be children within the slums so any child can join in with the activities and no child has to pay. The activities encourage the children to learn about the Bible and build personal relationships with God, something Joy for Children and Communities aims to build on in the coming years.
How it works
The children's activities are run by a wonderful children's worker called Peace. Peace is a local 22 year old committed Christian who has studied Social Sciences at University and loves children. She is fantastic and has been a real credit to the team based in Uganda. Peace visits each of the four slums weekly and she is known to have children flocking from throughout the slums to see her when she arrives.
The children's activities usually take place in a shaded area and are based around a bible verse. The sessions begin with a re-cap of the previous week's activities and then are followed with a new bible reading which Peace goes on to explain through stories and sometimes song. The children ( aged between 0-15 years) then have fun through craft or play games which have either been donated to Joy for Children and Communities by its supporters or have been paid for by the money raised. Some of the recent activities have involved finger painting and making puppets.
One of the visions for the activities is to encourage the older children to become junior leaders that can then help to manage and lead the sessions. This will enable the sessions to grow and develop sustainability for the children's activities as currently the activities can have anything between twenty to one hundred children attending. Helping the young leaders develop will empower them with confidence to teach others whilst Peace can start to develop relationships with schools. Building relationships with schools will then provide the local schools with support from Peace whilst also building a community.