Yesterday, I spent two hours teaching kids in the Gandhi slum. There were about 20-25 children with 4 older children of age 10-12. We began by learning some basic English and sang some songs. Afterward, the young children colors in coloring books while the older kids performed mathematics problems of multiplication and long divisions. We ended the day with more songs and the children taking turn learning how to play the guitar. Overall, it was a good day. The children were rather quiet and mostly on task. Our classroom is a dirt floor in the middle of a landfill. When it is not a classroom, it becomes a kitchen where the families cook their meals of rice and dal. I feel these children can learn just as much if not more than any other children in modern schools and classrooms if they are given the opportunities.
We hope to have 20 students in Don Bosco by the end of the month. We are waiting for child welfare to approve the registrations of the children. I just wanted to say thank you to all those who have donated money, supplies or fully sponsored children. And thank you to all for the support and believing in the effort.
and Cassie Fox-P