You helped provide clothes and toothbrushes to over 90 kids this year!
Recently, two Temwani Officers, Regan Murray and I , made the trek to Lusaka, Zambia to check on our projects and meet face to face with our key partners. We want to report that your donations are having a real impact on children there!
Our objectives for the trip were ambitious — we squeezed in meetings and volunteer opportunities in the mornings, afternoons and evenings! We intended to give real-time updates during our trip, but our busy schedule and short times at the internet café just did not give us the opportunity.
We have so many stories to share that we will feature them in depth over the next few months.
I know many Temwani supporters are anxious to hear about the trip , so here are some brief highlights with photos of the Angel Project, PaKachele School, Blanket Project and the Braille Printer! Read more
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
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
Angela Malik, founder of the Kondwa Day Center in Zambia, was concerned for the well being of the widowed mothers whose children did not qualify for admission to the Kondwa Day Center and took it upon herself to do something about it. She helped organize a women’s support group who meets periodically to learn and share about effective parenting skills and ideas on how to support their families needs. Together, they pursue various small business ventures like basket making, sewing, tie-dye and batik printing, and other crafts. They share profits and losses, always reinvesting a portion into the business.
Although the immediate needs of the women are economic, they will tell you they gather for the spirit of oneness. They acknowledge that they do get lonely and appreciate being with women who share similar burdens. They call themselves Empowering Women in Development and their group currently numbers twenty-three. Read more
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. Read more