Almost 200 kids attend holiday programme

2019-07-09 06:01
The children played soccer, netball and a range of other games to keep them occupied and off the street.

The children played soccer, netball and a range of other games to keep them occupied and off the street.

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Each year during the school holidays, Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation hosts a holiday programme with school-going children.

Project manager at the foundation Kyle Cupido explained that the motive for hosting the holiday programme was not simply to keep children busy. “Working with the most vulnerable and challenging kids, we continue to keep our kids safe during the holidays,” he said.

The programme was attended by Vrygrond and Retreat children and was filled with a number of physically and mentally challenging activities such as teaching life skills and team building.

There was no shortage of fun and games as the children played soccer, netball, took part in sack races, egg and spoon races, relay races, hopscotch and so much more to keep them entertained and away from the social ills. He said: “The children enjoyed themselves so much they didn’t want to leave and go home. They were ecstatic and happy, eager to learn and overjoyed. They participated in each and every activity with ease.

“With our staff and youth leaders safely accompanying them and making sure they are well taken care of, protecting them and interacting with them, they could be free to express themselves through play, exploration and most importantly, to have fun,” he added, explaining that every part of the programme sought to incorporate the values of the foundation.

In their usual fashion, they made sure to provide the children and youth with a sandwich, a fruit and a cup of juice each day to sustain them through hours of enjoyment.

Cupido explained that food played a big role. “At lunchtime they received a warm plate of food that varied each day, which is also served with a cup of juice. At the end of every day’s programme they are gifted with a snack to take home and enjoy.”

“We had kids from Vrygrond and surrounding communities, with nearly 200 children pitching each day. We taught them how to be safe, smart and out of trouble,” he concluded.

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