Every interaction a child has with his or her environment is an opportunity for learning. In the first five years of life, 90% of our brain capacity is developed. Therefore, it is essential to create a safe, stimulating space for early learning. Daily activities such as talking, singing and playing, within the care of intentional, nurturing adults, stimulate brain development and dramatically influence future health, learning and behaviour in positive ways.
At the Care Point in Mcheneke Community, Malawi, 19 children under the age of five are cared and taught basic preschool education by two volunteers Care Workers at the Care Point while their older siblings attend school.
During a Holy Home Visit in Mcheneke Community, Malawi, I went with one of the Care Workers (pictured second to left) to visit a grandmother who was living with three grandchildren in a two-roomed house. The children do not consistently attend school because they often need to help their grandmother with planting and harvesting in her field so that the family has food to eat. Life is difficult but, thankfully, the girls can attend the Care Point where they receive a daily meal.”
Sara Waldvogel, International Volunteer (#US) reflects on a recent Holy Home Visit in Malawi.