We have had a great week, there were around 42 children, the youngest was 10 and the oldest was 19. Our theme this year was from John 15:15, "I am a friend of God". We had our focus on Friendship, how do you make friends? Do I have friends? Am I a friend to others? We had teachings about relationships, family life, HIV/AIDS and taking ARV's every day, Openness and acceptance of HIV+ status. Personal Hygiene and Education. Every afternoon we went into 4 groups, to talk more in depth about the teachings of the morning and these groups were than in age groups. In every group was a lot of talking and they had really picked up from the teachings. Even the young ones of 10 and 11 years could come with such a good questions.
There were games in the afternoon and we did a lot of singing!!! They love singing and our song of the week was: I am a friend of God. I think they all will sing that at home in their village!!
On the last day, we made a "Friendship connection" , we all had a small robe and we tied them all together, so that we got a network of robes. We are connected by God's Love to spread this to others via the Friendship Network!! It was fun and they understood that we all need a friendship network, also when we are back in the village, that we all have to be active to make that network work!! We closed the day with a nice meal and a soda!! All the children went back on Saturday morning, with a Christmas gift for their family! It was a happy group who left the compound, back to their villages and families. we can look back on a good week, we see a development in them, they are more open than last year, we pray that they stay well and take their medicines every day and will be able to take life positively.