Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our New Room

Thanks to a wonderfully generous donation, we now have a new playhouse, classroom, and therapy center! 

We have a building at the Haven that has previously been used as a supplemental school for children from the surrounding areas. It closed at the end of last year, leaving an empty school room in a perfect location. Before we moved into this room,  we did language class on the verandas, leaving room for tons of distractions for both me and the babes. :) Therapy and massage is done wherever there is a space and quiet! Now, I have a place to take the babies to do all of these things. They love to walk the 30 seconds from their house over to the "playhouse" and ask to learn all the time. It's a perfect place for guided play, video watching, tummy time, massage, therapy, and class. 

I'm so grateful for my cousin Emily, friend Ashley, and all the uncles from the Haven that helped make this transformation possible. The room needed many repairs, and those are not in my skill set :). They worked so hard to get this space looking so inviting and warm, and the kids really do absolutely love it. 

(There are ton of pictures to follow, and some of them are duplicates that won't erase for some reason! Sorry!)
Painting ceiling boards
Nandi, a great little helper
Making flags
Even Flo helped out a bit
Adding the burglar bars, a must :)
Hanging some flags

Before and after


Before













And now, here are pictures from the last few weeks of some of the kids using the room. There is a short video from language class at the end, too. 
Richard
Memo
Anna baby
Deacon
Maleele
Tracy
Emmanuel "Biggie" concentrating really hard
Louisa
Joel
Reuben
Cooking is the biggest hit
Maureen and Vigi, cooking nshima
Bina Bright and Wendy
Vera
Katie
Flo finds this doll intriguing. 
Oswell
Binny
James
Fellow
Jonathan telling Lushomo a little secret :)
Eric Carle, a universal favorite
Chilala
Boyd loves his reflection!
John 
Em giving Agnes a massage
Helen

video