Forty two four to five year old graduated in Ngarange this year. They are ready for Pre School. Teachers did an outstanding job this year having taught these little ones in English. Children can count to 20, Speak their alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, colours and shapes and general conversation. It was an impressive time at the graduation for parents as their children displayed their skills to the community. We always miss them when they graduate. All the girls received dresses made by Joan Wilson from Australia and all the boys received a tshirt collected by Hilary Hillcombe of Australia. After three years of being at our centre and caring for them on a daily basis you grow very fond of each and every one of them. Well done Kindy Class 2018.
Sadly heavy winds came through Ngarange two weeks ago and destroyed our fencing, knocked over our kitchen and store room, damaged all our garden, ripped all the shade net. The rain seeped in through one of our rented rooms and destroyed many clothes and stored items for our children. The positive is no one was hurt. Our staff are doing their best to rebuild.
Each day over 100 children walk into our Kindergarten. Is there room for more, not really but how do you say no to these adorable human beings. Often we are informed that there is need in the village and we attend to the matter. This time we were informed of a two year old girl who has to fend for herself. Her mother has been affected by the deadly disease HIV & Aids. This has led her to mental illness. After assessing the situation, ALCB has decided to take this child and provide her with all the daily essentials she needs, like clothing, food, love, nurturing and education. It is time to celebrate that another soul has been saved.
Last year four students attended Permaculture School to learn how to commence and maintain an organic backyard gardening project that will enhance the feeding program at ALCB. Children will be able to receive rice and vegetables instead of porridge everyday. We have introduced this to the Kindergarten Children who have this alternative once per week. As our garden grows we hope to feed them this nutritious meal daily. Our aim is to assist families to maintain their own backyard garden. Presently villagers have their cattle posts far from their homes. They plant and harvest mabele and maize meal. Vegetables are uncommon but essential for the human beings diet. We look forward to the outcome.