After we had two days of doing the project and training with the staff, it came time to do the same project with the kids. There were 50 kids, ranging in age from about 8 years old to 21. We split them into three groups, Chris took one group, Rachael another, and myself the third. The staff also split up to help us translate into Attesso for the kids.
We made a list of emotions (English/Ateso) as a starting point for thinking about how they felt throughout those particular days. We even took volunteers to act out emotions since it can be difficult to put a name to a feeling. They had fun with this acting out!
Here are some of their projects:
As the students would finish their project, a staff member would take the child somewhere to sit and listen to their story. Some of the kids were so proud of their artwork and excited to share, especially for the project of the 'good day'. Many of the staff told us that the kids opened up to them in a way they hadn't ever before. Many were able to tell these stories through their artwork that they might not have told otherwise, especially the 'bad day'. Much time was spent with each child to listen and to pray with them. The staff told us they could really see a change in the children after doing this. We could really see God's love pouring down on these children and His presence in this place.