Students at both our Alemgena and Guelele Centers have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these two centers better.
Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunizations programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.
A second team of nurses worked with students to help them understand some basic principles of First Aid, how to make a sling, put on bandages, and stop excessive bleeding. This picture shows a real honest effort by a group of Grade 2 students to put a sling on their classmate. They eventually learned how to do the classic sling to perfection.
The students are so welcoming! Culturally, a welcome in Ethiopia means being invited to dance, sing, and have a cup of coffee. The volunteers had lots of time to participate in these activities! Using an empty jerry can for a drum, students all join in singing and others teach volunteers how to shake their shoulders in the traditional manner that is basic to all Ethiopian cultural dance.
The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them.The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. The students loved this activity!
Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors the family by acknowledging their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school full-time and to attend the Education Center after school.While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Canadian Humanitarian that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally.
Students at both Alemgena and Guelele had annual physicals completed with the help of volunteer nurses and doctors. For many of the new students coming into Guelele and Alemgena, this was their first experience to have a doctor see them. At first they were nervous, but that quickly faded with the help of our friendly and caring medical volunteers.
All the students are spending their summer preparing for the upcoming school year, and were also visited by the Global Youth Expedition in July.
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