After completing our research into the different types of organisations, vocational centres and schools in the Iganga community last week, the Community Mapping Team began their holiday camp on Monday.
The team and 11 street-connected children at the camp have began what is already set to be an exciting week of educational, resilience and sport activities.
The first order of the day was voting for which child should be Chair Person, Welfare Officer and Time keeper. These roles are to ensure everyone is getting involved, keeping to time and that their welfare needs are being met. Six children were put forward for these roles and each candidate did a speech. After we voted and the posts were filled, the Chair Person was sworn in. The team went through the expectations of the camp and ground rules were set out for everyone. Some of the expectations put forward were respecting one another, having fun and myself being a goalkeeper in a game of football!
The first activity of the day was a language game led by Tariq. The group was split into 3 teams and had the chance to learn some words in French, Swahili or Portuguese. After some time to get our heads around these new words, each group presented what they had learnt. I was very impressed by how well the children picked up these new words. We even made a song using some French words in my team!
Not only did this activity give the children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different language, it also enabled the volunteers to develop their teaching and facilitating skills.
After having some lunch and a break it was time for football. Everyone enjoyed a friendly staff vs students game. Despite the heat and a brewing storm, it was a fun game that resulted in 5-2 to the staff! We won! Although the kids played very well, we had Martin, the star striker on our team.
After an enjoyable first day, we said goodbye to the kids and that we would see them for the second day of camp tomorrow. Everyone had left knowing at least a new word in a different language and with a sense of holiday camp spirit. The Community Mapping team are all looking forward to this week of fun, games and learning as well as our Community Mapping event next week.