2nd September 2014
Hi, my name is Steph. I am from the UK and I have the privilege of spending time with lots of different children as a pre-school teacher. Here's a glimpse at what life is like for our little ones...
Some of the kids I work with have nice clothes and are well fed. Others live in a slum and some even have to go out to work. Two of these children, Laximi and Subash are 4 and 5 years old. They have an older sister, Mamina who no longer comes to preschool because she works all day. I sometimes see Mamina by the side of the road and she always has a huge smile and big wave for me, even while she is working really hard. Laximi & Subash are lovely kids, and are happiest when they are splashing around in the paddling pool at preschool.
At the end of the morning, it is time to pile into the Love the One jeep and drop the kids off. Quite often Laximi and Subash are dropped off at a roadside restaurant, to join their older sister with washing big pots (sometimes as big as them!), and general helping out. It frustrates me and makes me sad that such little kids are having to contribute to the household.
We want to give these children back their childhood by educating them, giving them freedom to play and getting them prepared to go to school. That's why we've set up this EPIC centre (Early Paediatric Interventional Care); a bright, colourful and fun place for children to come. Here they learn, play and are well nourished as well as being very loved!! If they are sick they can access health care. It is a joy to watch them grow and get to know each of their little personalities.
We would love to see may more EPIC centres being provided amongst the communities of the neediest kids so that many more can have the chance of a great start to life. If you want to know more about our EPIC centres then please click here!