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Everybody needs balls! Just ask Yvonne Stiener, a Swiss volunteer who first came to Jamaica in 2011 through Projects Abroad on the Care Project. She was so happy she had volunteered, that she returned in 2012 on the Farming Project.
This 53 year old mother of 2, wanted to spend her weeks in Jamaica assisting at an orphanage, taking care of children, sharing her cultural stories, playing, entertaining and just enjoying their smiles which would, more often than not, give her a sense of accomplishment.
When she came to Jamaica, she visited many places and saw the children of Jamaica. She took note of their games and realised however, that the children had no balls as a means of fun and entertainment; and if there were a ball in the midst, it would only be one, which would not be easily accessible to the other children or it would be a hand crafted box ball which would be thrown away after use. Upon seeing this, it pained her heart, as she thought that each child should have a ball. She believed that having a ball would assist each child in basic development, such as sharing, becoming responsible, increase in sense enhancement and even basic and polite communication.
She decided that she would have to do something about this situation, or at least try. She now wants to provide each child in Jamaica with a ball. She will begin with 5, 000 balls and then proceed from there.
There is a song in Jamaica that we used to sing years ago. The words went something like this… “Pass the ball and the ball gone roun’, why yuh neva tell she di ball gone roun’. Play ball, play ball, play ball, play, why yuh neva tell dat the ball gone roun’.” It is a song which reflected the passing of a ball among a group of children who were ...
Projects Abroad Fiji is wishing everyone a HAPPY DIWALI . Diwali "the Festival of Lights" is an annual celebration of giving and sharing with family and friends celebrated by Hindus in Fiji and has become a celebration for all races.
Please be advised that our office in Suva and Nadi will be closed on the 4th of NovemberMonday because it will be a public Holiday and will resume operations on Tuesday
They are 2 volunteers from the sports program , both are coming from Germany and are sharing the same placement at Jonh F.K, located in Liberia.
This time they are working with the girls doing different sports games, girls really love to this!. I just want to say many thanks to them as well for their good job everyday!
October 31, 2013 by Paulina Martinez
On Friday we had the opportunity to make the Dirty Day at the boy's care home called "children in familar environment" (NIAFAM), where we were assigned the task of creating a better environment in the playground of the place. These are some images of the playground before.
The volunteers thought that would be nice to design some significant elements to paint in their walls, as well as to capture in, some of the universal values. For that, the volunteers and staff draw the figures of some trees, which represents the core of life.
And some flying leaves and birds which representing the release of restrictions and the soul of the kids.
We drew also a night landscape with a moon and stars, symbolizing the abundance you get when the changes come from the inside and also reminds us that every day we can transform any situation into something better.
Finally, we wrote some universal values in one of the walls and draw a silhouette of the world so that children can see the locations where our volunteers visit them. The result was, they loved it all!! so we can say that the mission was accomplished. See you on the next blog!
This time I am pretty glad to share this post with our volunteers in program, we have a very nice group witrh us as part of Projects Abroad, Costa Rica. These are some photos of them sharing a nice time at the movie theater yesterday October 30th , at Mall Plaza Liberia, Gunacaste.
It was really fun for all of us, we really could a have nice time at something different!!!!!
Thanks a lot to all of them who were part of this!!! see you next time with much more!!!.