by Marie Vagedes, LCSW
A little less than a year ago, I had the opportunity to join with a group of primary school teachers working in Lusaka, Zambia through the Temwani Children’s Foundation volunteer trip. This opportunity for connection took on the form of a 6-day workshop that my dear friend and colleague Leah Berger and I facilitated at the Kondwa Day Centre for teachers working at area schools within N’gombe compound.
The workshop focused on grief and loss issues in children. The material for the workshop was drawn from our combined personal and professional experiences. Read more
By Laurie Holland
After my first trip to Zambia in 2006, I observed a great number of orphaned children grieving the loss of loved ones who had died from HIV/AIDS. Upon my return to San Jose State University, I devoted my graduate thesis research to “grief intervention for AIDS-orphaned children in Africa”. When I returned to Zambia in the summer of 2007, I had the inspiring opportunity to implement many of the creative arts activities from this research with two groups of young Zambian girls ages nine to fourteen.
Laurie with the girls in the grief workshop.
Memory Books & Psychodrama
I found memory books to be by far the greatest tool in assisting the girls to process their pain and loss. Read more
By Adam Hardin
On a dusty mid-July day, three plumbers who have placed a water valve in the wrong location are dealing with one very determined nun. Sister Helen Scully is the director of the Little Assisi, a school for children with special needs, in N’gombe compound in Lusaka Zambia.
Today, for the first time, Assisi has running water, but the plumbers have mistaken placed the valve directly in the front yard where the children play. They are reluctant to move it, and for that they are being sternly re-directed.
The Assisi school serves 26 children who exhibit characteristics of mental retardation, autism, and various other disorders that impede their learning in more traditional educational settings. Sister Helen and her staff spend their days feeding and educating these children who would otherwise have no place else to go. Read more
By Kathy Allen and Phoebe Goodwin
Teachers and administrators from twenty community schools in N’gombe Compound participated in a teacher training workshop sponsored by the Kondwa Day Centre for Orphans during the TCF volunteer trip, Summer, 2007. Conducted by Phoebe Goodwin, a middle school math and science teacher, and Kathleen Allen, a school psychologist, (both from Tucson, Arizona) the workshop focused on providing ideas for classroom management; teaching methods for math, science and reading; and an understanding of different learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Among the 40 participants were teachers of preschool age children up to 7th grade, and a few school administrators.