“When the well is dry then we will know the worth of water. “– Benjamin Franklin

On Friday, 25th of August, I had the pleasure of spending some time with the cutest group of 4-6 year olds at the Heartbeat Care Centre in Nellmapius. Heartbeat is an organization which was found in 2000 in response to the socioeconomic impact that HIV/AIDS has on communities, specifically the children in the communities. Heartbeat supports vulnerable and orphaned children and empowers them to reach their full potential and become responsible future leaders.

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My first activity with the children was about the water cycle, and given the ages of the children, it was best to do this through actions – kinetic learning proved to be most successful. It was initially difficult to engage as the children were shy, but they soon got the hang of it.

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After highlighting the importance of water and how we must love mother earth, each child was given the opportunity to make a paper plate globe. This activity was aimed at showing the kids just how much of the earth is covered by water. We had a blast tearing up the green tissue paper which formed the earth and colouring the plate with blue chalk. Once all the challenging work was over, we all enjoyed some cupcakes.

Thank you to Billy Vilakazi, Maria and Pretty from Heartbeat for making this possible. I would like to commend the Heartbeat volunteers who give of themselves helplessly to empower these beautiful children.

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