• By Avi Bram, volunteer co-ordinator

Meketa club – Day 1!

Today the Meketa after-school club opened its doors! Well, to be more precise, the before-school club. Most Ethiopian schools have a shift system: half the pupils come to school in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. So, morning pupils will come to our club in the afternoon and vice versa. Once school breaks up it will become a fully fledged summer camp, with a mix of art, games and English lessons.

At 8.30 AM there were 15 children ready and waiting, but as the morning went on more and more kept arriving and we ended up with 35. We started out with a game to learn everyone’s names, and their favourite animals, and Sahava got the whole room laughing with her elephant impressions. Luckily, animal sounds are fairly similar in English and Amharic.

In the breaktime there was a game of volleyball for the older children, and some soft toys for the little ones. After the break, we split the group into two: the older kids heard some stories and learnt songs, while the younger ones played in the other room. Thanks to a raid on the UK charity shops before we left, we were able to offer the kids toys that many of them had never seen before (lego and Where’s Wally were particular hits).

At the end of the morning we sent the kids away, leaving behind pieces of lego all over the floor and some tired-out adults. No afternoon shift today because of shabbat coming in, but on Monday we will have the first full day of the club. A big congratulations to Getachew (our club leader) and to David and Sahava (our volunteers from the UK)!

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