Scholars: "What is your dream? What do you need to fulfill your dream?"
The first workshop was with the older girls in the study center. They were telling us about there dreams of what they wanted to be in the future. Further on they discussed and draw how the study center can work as good a place so the can realize there dreams. It was lots of fun and they had a lot of good suggestions considering working spaces and things that were needed.
Mothers: What is your daughters/sons dream in life? What can I do as a mother to help fulfill that dream?"
The next workshop was with the mothers of the kids in the study center. Here we started with a game were the mothers should guess there children's dream. The other mothers should try to explain the profession without using the name of the profession. It ended up with 25 mothers jumping and screaming of excitement! After they wrote a note on how they could contribute as a mother to make there children's dream come true. It was all good and strong words. We also needed to write how we could contribute as volunteers. I think this was a good way of showing the importance of the study center and making the project more personal!
Scholars: What is needed to get the best study environment ? What do you need for your studies?"
Next workshop, or more like a Halloween party, was with the boys from the Streetlight center (the kids living at streetlight) and the the older girls from the study center (after the boys request). The kids had dressed up in costumes and painted their face and everyone was eager to play games. Later one the kids were splitt into those who were in elementary, high school, and those who soon will go to collage. They also wrote what they wanted to be in the future and after they wrote and draw what they needed in the study center. In all the suggestions there was an need for lamps so we tried to make one. But after a while it just become chaotic, it was difficult to organize 30 - 40 kids in different ages and make them cooperate. But they made some rough suggestions but it all got broken... and then it was time to eat and dance.
Father: What is your sons and daughters goal in life? What can you do to contribute?
For the next workshop we went to Seawall (the slum area where the kids from the study center and there families live). It was really nice to go and visit all the families in there homes. At the workshop two days later we placed the the tables at the construction ground and put up some lights. We started the workshop with showing pictures from the working progress and the site development. Later on we gave them an short introduction of what we had been doing on the workshops whit the mothers and the kids. In this workshop the fathers told how they could contribute and support so their kids dreams as fathers. They placed there kids dream in the study center they had been drawing. In the end we talked about how the could help making the study center come true as builders. The next day we had 10 new workers ready to start work!
Mothers: This is what your children are saying they need to have the best study environment. But how can we put these needs into reality?
Later in the week we had a new workshop with the mothers where they used there children's wishes and drew them into a plan for the study center. It was really interesting to see! they made some nice drawings in a mix of plan view and perspective and it was really understandable. This workshop we had really swapped roles. they where drawing and we were making food. so in the end we served pancit canton and norwegian pancakes! it was a good ending on a Sunday morning and they all loved the pancakes!
We are now looking forward to the next workshop on Saturday!