The kids in Swaziland are back in school and ready to make this term a great one! For their final term of the year, we decided to kick our regular guardians’ meetings up a notch by combining our efforts and making an all-inclusive meeting that we’ve deemed Family Day. At the beginning of each term, Cabrini Family Services, Education, and Childcare departments each host a meeting with the guardians of children who are receiving support from their respective departments – it is an important way to update guardians about new policies, answer any questions they might have, and it gives us, here at Cabrini, a chance to share new ideas and information that might be useful to Cabrini families, as well the greater community.
This term, instead of having three separate meetings, we had just one big meeting that gave our departments a chance to work together to create the most fun and efficient day yet for our guardians!
By 8:00 am, our parents and guardians had already started arriving!
Guardians check in at registration. Along with fun activities, we also set up a TB Screening tent that guardians were welcome to visit.
After registration, the guardians were invited to partake in a variety of activities our staff had set up. In an effort to reinforce the idea of parental bonding, each activity was facilitated in such a way that encouraged adult AND child participation.
The Family Day Team worked hard to promote guardian/child bonding!
Family Day: a chance to reconnect with your family!
Always a good time to be had here at Cabrini!
At Family Day, parents and guardians were able to reconnect and commiserate with each other as well as their children.
Book Reading Activity: Reading to your children is such an important part of a healthy and productive upbringing.
Egg and Spoon Race was definitely our most popular activity!
After the games and a snack, we were ready to begin our meeting! We had announcements made by the different departments and a great lecture on the importance of child/guardian bonding made by the wonderful Gogo Stella.
As part of the entertainment portion of the event, our youngest Cabrini Kids sing songs for their guardians.
Check out this great pic of our awesome drama group performing a play about daily life at the Cabrini Hostel!
And of course, no entertainment portion is complete without a performance by our amazing Cabrini Choir!
And of course, at the end of the eventful day, we eat!
All in all, everyone agreed that Family Day was one of the most fun guardians’ meetings we’ve had here at Cabrini Ministries! We are grateful for all the help we received for the big day and look forward to many more! Here’s to a great term!
We will sign this blog post off with the lyrics to the song, “The Cabrini Way”, which was performed on Family Day. We think it clearly sums up our goals for this term, and we hope you enjoy the message too! Have a great one!
“The Cabrini Way”
Do you know the Cabrini Way?
The Cabrini Way!
The Cabrini Way!
Hmmm… tell me more about that.
Being loving is where it’s at!
Being responsible is where it’s at!
Being healthy is where it’s at!
So THAT is the the Cabrini Way!