HLUMA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME
HIuma is a safe place for school children to be together, to learn life skills and to receive some 1-2-1 tutoring in reading, comprehension and maths. The programme gets children off the streets in the gap between school ending and their parents’ return from work. It’s the time when children are at their most vulnerable to the high levels of gang violence, rape and other physical attacks.
We have 43 children and teenagers attending each week currently, with an age range of 9 to 15 years, but demand is high, so we hope to extend the programme to reach over 50 children soon. We would also like to offer a nutritious meal because so many of the children with whom we interact are malnourished. Eating together can also play and important role in fostering positive relationships.
In addition, we would like to remain open over the school holidays, providing a focus on life skills and health during that time. The purpose would be to nurture resilience in children that are subject to the issues of growing up in impoverished communities.
Finally, we are setting up a reading room where children have a choice of books, sharpening their reading skills and developing their imaginations.