We are returning in September with the exciting results of the children’s hard work, into their very own published book! We will be sharing beautifully photographed images by Wari Om Yoga Photography in the coming months. Here are a few of the wonderful Kids Share team leaders, who made this workshop possible!
In developing countries, an education is not a given right, but a privilege for those who can afford it. In these cases families are selling what little they have to keep their children in school and often can’t continue their education. In addition, children have a lot of chores in the early morning hours, walk far distances to school, are often hungry and worry about drought. By night, children try to study and read by candle light because electricity is too expensive. Yet astonishingly, they often give the biggest smiles with warm hearts. Through native songs and dance, children find solace in a very challenging childhood, often fraught with unimaginable loss.
Kids Share books, documentary film and online media, help to create a powerful voice for youth and their communities. Children who worry about their continued education, are hoping you will pay attention and hear their voice through Kids Share Workshops.
Stay tuned, as we share the beautiful stories, artwork and resilient lives of the children living in rural Zambia, Africa!
Saturday, May 20: Gathering Workshop Supplies & Visiting Historic Landmark
Douglas, our World Vision program driver helped us gather the material we needed for Kids Share Workshops. The process of choosing the right primary, latex house paint was carefully selected by Kathy using a swatch. Her experience as a colorist was very much appreciated. From these gallons of paint, we are able to make every color of the rainbow for the kids. Rahsaan also assisted in gathering items from the list and actually reported that he found it fun. Perhaps a bit of a scavenger hunt? It was enjoyable to watch Wari perch himself high above on a ladder while filming and ride the front of the shopping cart.
The basic material we need to teach is fairly easy to find in most countries. There have been workshops where our team had to drive around for half the day to find what we needed. We managed to get 90% of our workshop material at the Game store. We are grateful to Douglas for getting the job done very quickly!
Sunday, Day 3: Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Historic Landmark)
Wari had expressed interest in filming a church in or near Lusaka or out near the community we are teaching at. Because of convenience and our program driver needing to be with his family today, Kathy did some research. She found an historic church only a few blocks away from our hotel. Our team agreed to walk over for a 10am Alternative Service to meet Bishop: The Rt. Rev. David Njovu, and experience a big part of Zambia culture, Christianity. We all wanted to see what a typical church service looked like in Zambia. Our reception was very warm and the gospel choir was soulful! Bishop Njovu passionately shared his cathedral and its history with us. He told us that it was created to help in the establishment of Lusaka, and is now a historic landmark.
When Kids Share Workshops investigates a culture, we are open to reporting on all aspects of a culture. The children we are about to teach in the following two weeks, find much solace and comfort in Christianity. So we felt it was important to learn more and share it with all of you.
Wish us luck as we teach the first day of our workshop tomorrow, May 22nd!
Well folks, we made it! Our journey went really well and not without some interesting shenanigans along the way. Alice and Douglas, our World Vision friends and much appreciated dependents in Zambia warmly welcomed us. Immediately we all became very good friends with lots of laughs and our first adventure, being locked out of our awesome Land Cruiser! But not to worry, Rahsaan, Douglas and a few willing taxi drivers with their most excellent ingenuity and smarts, and thanks to available airport fencing and other found objects, opened the truck!
Soon our most excellent filmmaker and photographer arrived, just in time to head out to meet the community and location. As we arrived we were again warmly welcomed with hugs and many thanks for our coming to work with the children. For me personally it was very much a sigh of relief to see that indeed this was going to be an excellent workshop, because of the location and people who very much wanted us there! Words can not describe how beautiful our first day was!
Stay tuned as I share today, gathering art supplies and seeing Lusaka, when you all wake up tomorrow!
Kristina Applegate, founder of the non-profit organization Kids Share Workshops and Publishing, Inc., (KSWP) is now contracted as an authorized vendor with World Vision, U.S.A (WVUSA), Programs Group and Child Protection Team for the next five years! WVUSA works to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and all other forms of violence against children. Please continue reading and share! ForImmediateRelease.5.4.17.WV.KSW
*On May 19, daily blog posts in Zambia will appear here and on Instagram.
Welcome to our first workshop with World Vision in Zambia, Africa! We are very excited to begin our journey May 18, 2017, in the Kapuluwe community near the capital of Lusaka. We will begin our 10 day workshop, May 22-June 2. Our team will work with two groups of children/teens. One will be in the morning at the House of Hope for teenage girls and in an afternoon classroom with a mix of boys and girls. **Please continue to read more: Kapuluwe, Zambia
**Elephants and Lions: Paper Art Illustrations created by Kristina Applegate, Program Director and children in Kids Share Workshops.
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