Through our work with MaT, we got the experience of working at a daycare located in a masque in the Delft Township. We began our work there by meeting two women who had just started their daycare today. Seating was sparse and the children had a small rug to play on. This is the only daycare that Delft has to offer, and it was opened a week early to accommodate the working parents. The kids we worked with today ranged in age from about 1 to 6. They had few toys to play with, but they found the joy in the simplest things. The children were entertained by playing with our hair or throwing around a ball. They were very curious and hesitant of us at first; however the two women made sure that they children gave us respect. As the day went on, the teachers began referring to us as "auntie. The children soon began to follow this term of endearment and this resulted in a union between communities. When certain material instruments lacked they made do of what they had. For lunch they rolled out a piece of paper that would serve as a table. They are working hard now to find donations for these essential items. Lunch was comprised of a bowl of mashed up beans that the kids were not hesitant to try. Most were just thankful to have a well balanced meal. We both got the opportunity to feed two 1 year old boys which was absolutely adorable. They really appreciated the help that we were able to provide. When it came time to leave, they were sad to see us go. The experience was really rewarding in the sense that we were able to spend the day with them and enjoy the innocence that the children provided. It was a great opportunity to be the start of something new.
By Kaitlyn and Megan