We believe that these little children can be kept safe from danger and predators after school. Both after-school programs provide a safe place for little children who otherwise would be at risk while parents are at work.
Teachers and volunteers run these programs where children study, play, dance, and enjoy delicious meals, all at no cost.
Before the program and in areas where there are no such programs, little children were and are at great risk while waiting for parents to return home.
We've seen local police officers dancing with the children!
But what to do when it rains? Well, putting toys into a playroom where local artists painted murals, created a magical place. The first day the children walked into the playroom was indeed magical! These are kids living in real poverty in 'houses' built by their parents, who have little money for toys.
Recently, Aaron and Marybeth made a large screen TV with lots of educational software a new experience for these children.
Washing hands, brushing teeth, manners, and sharing are part of life in the after-school programs.
During the first visits to the playroom the children were very unsure what they were allowed to do. We had to encourage them to open the boxes of new dolls, toy cars, and toy tea sets. We had to show them how to play with the cars and trucks on the 'roadway' spread out on the floor.
The girls, however, seemed to know how to play with toy stoves and how to share imaginary meals. Bob found imaginary food to be a great diet!
Here are some of the children at one of these programs. Instead of being home alone or on the street they are safe!
Many other kindergartens hope for an after-school program, where their little ones will be safe and fed.