There is freedom here to create, to start things, to run with an idea. For a while now, G42 has been interested in starting something for the children here in Mijas. When I heard about this, I knew that I wanted to take this on.
Dreaming was the fun part…What could this look like? What is the purpose? What is needed? What would they be interested in?
I laid out the following idea and introduce you to
To instill in children – values, appreciation of cultures, and a sense of purpose in a creative and safe environment
Meet once a week – Saturday 10:00-11:30
Art: Either an expression of self, or creating something for someone
Attitude: Learn the importance of respecting others, helping others, sharing, identity, dreams, etc
Appreciation: Learn and appreciate different cultures by learning about one county a month and corresponding with different missionaries or volunteers serving in the respective countries.
Then it was time to put things into action.
The first meeting was on the 2nd of April. As I waited for children to come, I wondered what this first meeting might actually hold. And then they came…two girls that I know well, and then another girl and her brother followed. The next hour was spent decorating folders that will soon hold the letters we receive from different missionaries or volunteers around the world, locating on a world map the first country we are learning about (Uganda), and writing in our journals some interesting facts about Uganda, such as the fact that children fetch water for their families and many don’t attend school due to the cost. The children were challenged to see how they can help their own families around the house and to come back next week with an interesting fact or picture about Uganda.It might seem like a simple hour and a half, but as I looked around I saw all of us, different backgrounds, different cultures, different languages, and even different religions or faiths, learning together, laughing together and just appreciating the time we have together.
I look forward to what this next week brings. Two more children have said they want to come and I know La Cultura will continue to grow. I’m thankful for this opportunity, and pray that something is seen/felt during this time, and that each child grasps the greatness GOD has placed in them and the impact they have in their own families, community, and world.