by Marysia Zapasnik
To mark the International Day of the African Child MAG Community Liaison teams visited the Juba Orphanage for a fun afternoon together. Thirty-seven children live there aged two to 12. We gave them a child friendly Risk Education session which included songs, dances, games and lots of action and energy.
“We want to……..STAY SAFE!” sang the CL teams and children together.
We gave the children pictures to colour with safety messages about not touching dangerous items, looking after each other and playing only in safe places. We helped the children decorate their dormitory walls with these colourful pictures and asked each to tell us a safety message they could pass on to their friends.
“I will tell my friend Sekina to tell an adult if she sees something she does not know what it is,” explained 8 year old Kani.
Face painting, bubble blowing, and balloon volleyball we also part of the fun afternoon, as was a picnic with juice and biscuits, underneath the mango tree. The community liaison teams also had their faces painted. “We are also African children,” said CLM Angelo Lawrence. “It is a day for all of us to have fun together”.