The Mentoring Project continued in December with the first group activity, a Christmas Celebration at our partner orphanage. The mentors went through trainings and learned how to work with the children and they were very excited to finally be able to meet their own mentee.
At Habitat for Humanity we had been saving up clothing, school supplies and toys all year to have enough for all 30 children at the house. We put together a backpack for each child and the mentors gave these to their mentees as a surprise.
The children were obviously thrilled to have the surprise of the backpacks full of needed supplies and toys and most of all for the chance to have a person dedicated to them. Everyone found a space in the orphanage to get to know their newly found friends.
We laughed, played, recited poems and sang songs. It was a joyful evening for the children and we were told they all slept great!
The young mentors were very happy that they were able to make the children’s Christmas so special. They were all looking forward to taking their mentees out for fun over the holidays and getting to know the children better.
You can watch a video with the children singing Christmas songs for their mentors.[weaver_youtube http://youtu.be/gat_7H3O5Cg]