Our community care organization prides itself not just in care of life but also in nurturing young lives through co-parenting. When the economic situation forces every parent to earn a living, one way or the other parenting roles affected, leading to dysfunctional families at extremes and children having little or no guidance in life which is supposed to build and shape their social skills.
Cabrini organizes camps to meet parents halfway. This September we hosted a pre-teen camp themed “Speak Up Your Voice is your Power”, which was attended by 64 children from our catchment area. This camp included Team building games, so that they can get along with others, art activity which encourages creativity, sports tournament to show up their skills and ice breakers for warming up for the next session.
small group sessions
The best performing groups were rewarded after each activity so that they can be motivated and to encourage a competitive spirit in teens. There was also a Talent show where they expressed their different talents in front of the others which build confidence.
Moreover, they participated in some activities aimed at discouraging negative comments towards other children, which results in lowering someone’s self-esteem. The pre-teens were encouraged to speak up whenever they are abused or bullied. This lesson was crowned with sessions and video clips on bullying presented by the family services department. In addition to that they did a wrinkled heart activity; they had to make up dances for the song “You can’t take away from me”
participants expressing themselves in dance.
They also had lessons aimed at understanding their body changes as they develop both physically and psychologically. All these efforts were joyfully met with cooperation and conscious participation from the pre-teens in all expectations.
Expression through Art.
The week long camp was beautifully ended with creative work in poems, songs, sketch, and posters linked to the theme and yet illustrating the lessons valuable to the participants.
After a two and half days journey Sr. Laura Baldini, MSC. Ndoda, Nonhlanhla, Phicekile & Sipho finally arrived in Poland for World Youth Day 2016, on July 20th. Their first station was at Wroctaw where they joyfully joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I) on the pre world youth day mini event. They were joined by other youths from Zambia, Spain, U.S, Ghana, Germany, and Poland to mention a few. During their stay in Wroctawu they participated in the music festivals, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and the way of the cross.
The peak of this moment was when they got an opportunity to share with their peers the cultural pride through the Traditional dance. The most touching moments of their lives, was when they received generous love and care from the Polish people who hosted them in their homes and shared with them who they are and opened their warm hearts for them. Despite language barriers but the Swazi team felt them love of the Polish people, motivated in the spirit of prayer based on spirituality of Our Lady of Justakowa, emphasizing on charity.
From Wroctawu the team made their way to Crakow where the main event was to be held, where they joined in an Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwsz I Blomia Park. This event had more than 2 ½ million people, who together welcomed the Holy Father who later at the even motivated the youth in his words “please do not retire before starting life… live a young life committed to Christ.” This was a wonderful moment for the Youth from Swaziland especially when they met their Father in faith; Bishop Jose from Manzini diocese.
Moreover, they stayed at the vigil with the His Holiness and they were united to one another in the Love of God gathered by the Vicar of Christ who shepherds the church.
After the celebration the youth had a chance to visit a number of places, and yet for them the most outstanding of this visit was when they visited the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart generalate where they had an opportunity to see the mother Cabrini’s original letters, which she wrote. And they left Ligcebesha as a souvenir to the sisters.
Other places visited were:
- Rome, ( St. Peters Basilica, St. Mary Majore, St. John and St. Paul), The Colloseum, Ara Caeli Church, Church of Gesu, Pantheon, Piaza Del Populo, the Tomb of Catherine of Siena, St. Peters Dome, and the Roman Forum.