The Londolozi Easter holiday program for staff’s children is rocking and rolling. 25 little bunnies arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed at 9 every morning (most are waiting patiently long before the teachers arrives) with great anticipation for their day’s schedule. Sam Loring along with Precious, Mylord, Sizakele and Confidence are ensuring that the bunnies aren’t disappointed.
The Program is designed to keep kid’s busy and out of mischief during their visit home during the holidays – but more than that we want to keep the kid’s moving in creative and stimulating head spaces. This is in line with the Good Work Foundation’s philosophy that creativity can help to unlock young people in crisis as well as be a skill that is essential moving forward into an age when ingenuity will be the driving force. We have been getting our hands dirty cutting, pasting, painting and making bunny ears and fluffy rabbit pencil holders.
The older bunnies from 12 years old and upwards are being taught vital computer skills that are often missing from the rural schools curriculum. The Good Work Foundation is providing a major leg-up for them, having realized that if you can’t speak ‘computer’ you can’t be competitive in a modern world.
Of course the main reason the 25 children pitch up everyday is in hope that they will be taken on a game drive. A trusty game ranger joins us to assist with sports and taking the bunnies out to the bush. Everything is exciting to them and we’ve had great sightings: a leopard curiously eyeing a tortoise as a giraffe stands by nervously eyeing the vehicle, herds of elephants and lots of impala. What a pleasure it is to experience the bush through the eyes of these young children.
Whilst the bunnies are experiencing the magic of nature; on a deeper level they are being imbibed with a sense of how deeply important nature is to all of our lives – to not only our livelihoods but the liveliness of our spirits. There is still another week left of the program but here are some photos of what we’ve been up to so far:
Written & Photographed by: Sam Loring