April started with two weeks of school holiday to give the teachers and children a well-deserved break after completing their exam. This did however not stop GVI’s project to grow and prosper together with the children. As part of our holiday program we offered the children from the local school to come and join us for the two week break where our volunteers had organized fun, educational activities for the children to engage in. In collaboration with the teachers, GVI scheduled the program to include topics such as sports and exercise, gender equality, craft and fine motor skills, surfing and their favorite, environmental education!
For the environmental education GVI Cape Town decided to partner up with the well-known organization WESSA which is a “leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in South Africa”. WESSA joined the two-week program by designing and delivering environmental education workshop to the children who were participating in the program and discussed topics such as recycling, pollution and life below water. Together with WESSA, GVI took the children to Gordon’s Bay beach for a day excursion to explore the creatures who lived in the waters, by the rocks and in the sand. After having studied and talked about the nature and animals in the classroom, it was fascinating to see the interest of the children and the knowledge they have gained during the program. What was amazing was to see was GVI’s mission to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference come to life. Not only does GVI unite volunteers from all walks of life each day but to be able to bring the community members from WESSA to join in this effort to make a difference for the children was an achievement. Now, WESSA collaborates directly with the local school which GVI introduced them to, to take the children to a wide range of field excursions to learn about the environment in which we live. This demonstrates that our impact is sustainable as GVI continues to assist our partners to network with one another, a partnership which can continue into the far future.Break time – The time to smell the ocean!