Breaking News: Family Day is a Success!

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!

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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!

The Family Day Team worked hard to promote guardian/child bonding!

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Family Day: a chance to reconnect with your family!

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Always a good time to be had here at Cabrini!

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At Family Day, parents and guardians were able to reconnect and commiserate with each other as well as their children.

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Book Reading Activity: Reading to your children is such an important part of a healthy and productive upbringing.

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Egg and Spoon Race was definitely our most popular activity!

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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.

As part of the entertainment portion of the event, our youngest Cabrini Kids sing songs for their guardians.

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Check out this great pic of our awesome drama group performing a play about daily life at the Cabrini Hostel!

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And of course, no entertainment portion is complete without a performance by our amazing Cabrini Choir!

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And of course, at the end of the eventful day, we eat!

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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?

What way?

The Cabrini Way!

What way?

The Cabrini Way!

 

Hmmm… tell me more about that.

Being loving is where it’s at!

What’s that?

Being responsible is where it’s at!

What’s that?

Being healthy is where it’s at!

Oh! Okay!

So THAT is the the Cabrini Way!

 

 

“Be the Best You Can Be: Think Win Win!” August Camp, 2015

It is September 1st and time to reflect on the August Happenings here at Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland. On August 7th, second term ended for primary and high school kids in Swaziland, and it was time for a break!

But of course, no break is complete without a Cabrini Camp! From August 18th-22nd, an awesome pre-teen camp was held here at St. Philips! To make this camp even more special, we were joined by our Transition Club (Cabrini kids who graduated high school last year and are now transitioning to life outside of Cabrini) to help facilitate activities, perform a drama about pregnancy prevention, and to stand as positive role-models for our campers. For their hard work and positive energy, The Cabrini Staff sends out a big THANK YOU to our beautiful Transition Club!

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Some of the Transition Club having fun at the dam!

Cabrini Ministries Transition Club, 2015

Cabrini Ministries Transition Club, 2015

The camp was so awesome, in fact, that the staff here is just now recovering from the exhausting but fun-filled week of games, new friendships, and important life lessons! The theme of the camp was “Be the Best You Can Be: Think Win Win!”, so all of our activities for the camp were geared towards overcoming challenges and keeping your eye on the prize! In conjunction with our creative and challenging games, projects, and lessons prepared by the staff, we were also joined by the wonderful Nicholas Mamba, who did drama and poetry activities with the kids. Thank you, Mr. Mamba! You certainly know how to get a crowd going!

Mr. Nicholas Mamba

Mr. Nicholas Mamba

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Mr. Mamba, leading the kids in a song.

Towards the end of the week Olympafrica, an awesome organization that leads fun and challenging relay games for the kids, joined us. Despite the heat, the games were a lot of fun and were great ways to encourage skills such as teamwork, athleticism, and determination in our campers. And Olympafrica even provided their own mascot! Thank you, Olympafrica!

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Campers enjoying the olympic games.

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OlympAfrica even brought their own mascot to help cheer on the kids!

On the last full day of camp, the staff and campers headed off on an approximately 3k (felt like more of course!) walk to the local dam. Along the way, the staff facilitated challenges to help enforce the theme of the camp: Think Win Win!

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Bahnabahna and our campers walking to the dam.

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Kids prepare to “untangle themselves” for the brain-teasing game, Tangled Arms.

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Another one of our challenges on our hike to the dam: the kids had to lead their partner blind-folded across the river only using their voices as a guide!

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At the dam, the kids were asked to write out our motto, "Think win win" using the treasures they collected along the way.

At the dam, the kids were asked to write out our motto, “Think win win” using the treasures they collected along the way.

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“We made it to the dam!” Our Camp Director Simo leading our campers in a cheer.

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Dam delirium!

All in all, we had a great 5 days of camp here at Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland; and we are ready to make Term 3 even better than the last! We hope you had a good August too, and want to remind you to always, “Be the best you can be: Think win win!”

Cabrini Ministries August Camp, 2015

Cabrini Ministries August Camp, 2015