We have decided to set up a secondary project thanks to the funds raised for our project at the Class of 2017 mums and friends get together. The Beetle Drive and raffle that Gillian set up and her amazing generosity, (Who was a big help to Catherine when she was fundraising to come here), it is so kind that you thought of us when deciding where the money should go. The secondary project / Sunday art club wouldn’t have been able to happen without the kind donations, so thank you.
The reason for doing an art club is because Catherine and I thought that the hostel kids here needed some enjoyment and down time. When we first arrived we were shocked at how much the children here work. They work from 5 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday and even have study from 9-12 on a Sunday. We believe there should be a balance that isn’t met between school/study and time for them to have fun.
Two weeks ago was the first day of the art club and I believe it was a big success, usually after study they all go into a classroom to watch some tv, so we came and offered them the choice to come and make some masks instead we showed them the ones we had made and everyone leapt at the chance to try and make their own!
And then this weekend to try and start to get in the Christmassy spirit we did a Christmas themed art club where we all made and decorated snowflakes. We were joined by Katie and Luana, two other volunteers who live only 10 minutes away. They helped us to run it and it so really good fun to be singing Christmas songs with other people who know the lyrics instead just getting slightly odd looks! The kids were able to decorate the snowflakes any way they wanted with glitter, pens, pencils wool and any other scrap paper we had which was great to see as last time they aren’t as creative so stuck to copying the example masks we had made.
With the money raised we have been able to buy all the equipment for this club such as coloured paper, pens, glue, scissors and more bits and bobs which are on the way!
Hope you are all enjoying the snow (if you are lucky enough to have it), today it was 31 degrees so not quite at cold enough here for it! And have an amazing Christmas 🙂