Fun in the fearsome sun.
Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
13Trip End Aug 30, 2010
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Our first full day at Kranevo means one thing; the beach. The kids were very excited to get to the sea and get straight into the water which is very warm and only home to 17 types of jellyfish. Don't worry, not many of them are poisonous.
As ever the teachers have a very difficult job trying to get the kids out of the water and a lot of time is spent rounding up slippery eel-like kids and herding them ashore. Back on the beach we can spend time happily burying YT members in the sand and drinking sun-tan lotion
The afternoon sees the start off our arts and crafts sessions and the Christian teaching too. The theme of this week is courage and today we focused on the story of Noah; we did themed crafts with the kids, painting thier faces and helping them make masks. We then told a dramatised story of Noah, sung songs and played games. This theme is essential for the kids becuase courage is something they need so readily in their home environments, especially drawing on strength from God.
It has been really good to see the children coming out of thier shells as they get to know us a little more. An example of this is shown in a little boy named Nikki. Nikki is from Botevgrad Roma Community and he came to SC shy and reserved. We were told he was both deaf and had very limited speech. Although it has only been two days Nikki has really shown to be a loving and lively little boy; he poses for the camera, gives hugs and sreeches and laughs with the team. The translaters say also that he has been saying names and speaking in short sentences. This is really exciting for us to see because we feel that this is just the sort of thing we have travelled here to witness.
Mimi and Rich spent the afternoon with Betty Cornet of Cornet Ministries
If we can work together with other groups then the Trust's vision fr the House of Opportunity Programme to help young state care leavers will form just one front on thr fight against the traffickers and criminals who abuse and exploit the children of Bulgaria.