An eventful August so far for us all at Love Light Romania, now however the Summer Activiy Program for the Jacodu children, that was a long time in the planning, is over. There were ten days filled with happy kids, caring and willing volunteers and a varied range of activities that saw the children focused on achievement, working as a team and encouraged to be in charge of their own pathway.
The aim of the summer activity program was about confidence building and teaching social and functional skills. To reach this aim they experienced a new way of life, everyone, including the volunteers made new friends. There was real bonding taking place.
After their ten day experience, it is encouraging to see them with a happy heart and smiles back to thir normal summer activity of picking berries, these berries are sold in Germany and bring a small income to the families. Seeing them sitting amongst piles of orange berries, laughing and chatting together full of self confidence, as they cut off the stalks, was a reminder of their attitude to when they attempted to over come challenges and took on new ones during their activity program.
A small gesture from Marcela when she was met by her parents on her return to Jacodu village, she un-wrapped a sweet and they were amazed to see her walk over to a litter bin to drop the paper in.
So in reflection the Summer Activity Program did have an impact on the children that participated and it will be interesting to see if this can also work in all aspects of their lives.