by Cynthia, Lynn, Susan, Voluntourists, IHF Medan
It is the second week, as well as the last week we stay in Medan center of IHF. We taught class 3 to 6, and junior class. We separated the lessons into 3 parts; firstly, we taught children some basic vocabulary, then basic sentence structures, and finally we asked them to use those words and sentences to do some little practices. Although some of the children are naughty and some of them are shy sometimes, they are all very interested in playing games and singing English songs. Besides, they are eager to learn.
When we ask them to write on the board, they are all active to raise their hands to join us.We felt satisfied when they got the right answer. After several days of teaching, we enjoyed a great time at Lake Toba.
Although the living conditions are not as good as our home, we still regard this experience as a treasure in our lives. It’s a great pleasure to hear the kids call us “miss, miss, miss”, and bid farewell when the class is finished.
Despite the shortness of time at Medan Center, we learned a lot from children and staff here. Thanks for all the help and support!
by Jessica, Co-Director, IHF Aceh
Last week we were quite lucky to have one of Melissa’s friends offer her services to do an Oral Hygiene workshop. We had received a special donation from some friends, which allowed us to buy toothbrushes and toothpastes to each of our students as well.
Eno, a dental student, was visiting Banda Aceh for just a few days, and wanted to help IHF in any way she could. She came to the center, and first explained the importance of healthy teeth and gums. The SD1 and SD2 classes loved it even more, when Eno taught them a little jingle about healthy teeth!
We then all went outside to the garden, and all the students got a chance to brush their teeth, the proper way, as demonstrated by Eno.
The students tried really hard to make sure that their teeth were sparking clean! We even heard some of the kids say that they were going to teach their little siblings how to brush their teeth when going home! We really cannot thank Eno enough for taking the time to help us!
It is really important to educate our students about oral health, as they may not realize how interconnected it is to their overall health. Hopefully by providing them with the basic understanding of how important their oral cleanliness is they will start taking care of their teeth a little bit more, and even educate their younger siblings and parents about it!
by Rich, Co-Director, IHF Kenya
The clumps and waifs of hair blow forlornly in the breeze on the dirt path outside the center. Looking like tumble weed from an old Western movie, the discarded curls and braids are the only reminder of last month’s fashions.
It is very common in Kenya for women to change their hairstyle up to three times a month, but this is especially pronounced at the beginning of the year, when all the girls shed their colourful Christmas braids in favour of more conservative cornrows to go back to school.
This makes life very difficult for our new director Stephen. Having only just managed to work out which of the 35 girls have which hairstyles, they have all changed and look completely different. Even our new house mother Mercy (or Mama Jamo) confused us last week when she removed her tightly curled wig to reveal rows of braids underneath.
by Yuzheng Ke, Yaohua Wang, Voluntourists, IHF Jakarta
Last Saturday, we held a photography class for students in IHF Jakarta center. We divided them into four groups and equipped each group with a camera. First, we taught them the method of application of cameras. Then, students in each group should use their body to pose the letters in alphabet. Students took photos for the poses in turn. To our delight, they were enthusiastic about making poses and were full of creativity.
With their cooperation, many letters as well as their naive smiles were shown lively in the photos. Children who took photos also learned quickly and were good at finding views.In the photography class, students have not only learned the skills of taking photos, but also known the importance of cooperation with each other. These photos record precious moments for the children. They are unforgettable memories for us as well. We hope these skills will be useful in their future life and help record their wonderful moments.
We asked our kids at the IHF Bali center what they wanted to do when they grew up. This is what they said….
… and thank you to Ivy and Doria, Work Study volunteers at the IHF Bali Center, for creating this inspirational video!
Check out Yuqi’s first visual impressions upon arriving at the IHF Chiang Rai center. Thanks for the tour, Yuqi!
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