Breakthrough in Stanford!


Monday 10th April saw twenty children assembling in the Butterfly Centre in Stanford – early, as usual, with their community facilitator Vuyokasi Siza and helper Patricia.

It was the third in our CBN training workshops in Stanford to complete Vuyo’s inauguration as a fully-fledged CBN Workshop Hero. She passed with flying colours. This means that CBN now has three trained facilitators working in Stanford, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha independently.

In Stanford, there is a core of children who have been coming to workshops for up to three years – and usually about 30% new children. This is changing a little as children see CBN as a regular thing where they enjoy wonderful stories and have a great deal of fun and games. They are now very much into the spirit of CBN and react well to new ideas.

Vuyo conducted a very competent workshop. Nash Makwarimba (our volunteer Matric student) led the floor in spirited singing games and Lesley followed on with the second in a series of wordless picture books that these children truly love. At the end of the group exploration of the story, they broke into spontaneous applause – something completely new.

New snacks of cheesy pita bread proved very popular instead of biscuits or sandwiches and a two-hour workshop flashed past in seeming minutes. Well done Vuyo, Patricia and Nash!

Thanks, as always, are due to the Butterfly Centre for use of their classroom and facilities.
Photo by Nash Makwarimba

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