Archive for February, 2008

Orphans Trip to Al Azhar Park

February 13, 2008

Yesterday a group of volunteers from Resala and myself took a group of 18 orphan boys from an NGO and went for a trip to Al Azhar Park.

Egyptian Boy Smiling

The kids, who wore around four and a half years old, enjoyed the park a lot. They were so excited playing with the slides.

Boy Sliding

We had a lot of fun at the park with those little kids. Two of the volunteers sat down and told the kids a story with puppets in their hands. The boys enjoyed the puppets and interacted energetically with the two volunteers that were telling the story.

Trip to Africa Park

February 10, 2008

Yesterday I accompanied a group of volunteers and went with the deaf and children with developmental disabilities from Resala Nasr City for a trip to Africa Park, which is an open zoo on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road around 65 Km from Alexandria. The two employees responsible for the deaf and children with developmental disabilities accompanied us. We took a bus from in front of Resala Nasr City. We were around 45 in the bus.

Lama

It was my first time to go to Africa Park. We took a small two-car ‘train’ which was had metal windows wish small openings like a cage. The ‘train’ took us round the open zoo and we sow different kinds of animals during the trip. At some locations, we stopped by and went off the train to get a closer look at the animals.

Parrot

The most interesting part of this trip was the part where we passed by the monkeys. The monkeys were naughty and extended their hands through the metal cage-like windows of the train snatching the sandwiches from our hands. It was so exciting and a much more thrilling experience than going to an amusement park.

Monkeys

After completing the exciting trip around the open zoo, we then took a boat which glided along a beautiful lake in the park. It was a pleasant and relaxing experience.

Lake

The deaf had a lot of fun in the park. They really enjoyed the trip a lot. Because they rely basically on their eyes as the main source of input from the outside world, the deaf found the trip particularly entertaining. I believe it was useful as well for them because it made them see and experience new things they never other wise see in their daily life.

Raising Children at Resala

February 1, 2008

Yesterday I attended the second session of a series of sessions about Raising Children. This series of sessions aims at providing sound scientific knowledge coupled with practical methods for raising children and dealing with them in appropriate ways to build their personalities correctly.

The sessions are mainly target volunteers who are in the big brother / big sister program at Resala in which each volunteer selects one of the orphaned children that reside at Resala and becomes his big brother becomes or her big sister. Nevertheless, the sessions were attended by some others who wanted to know more about how to bring up their own children.

Yesterday’s session discussed discussed preventive methods that a parent should use in order to avoid wrong behavior from her children. The second part of the session discussed alternative methods for punishment of children that may be exercised whenever the preventive measures have failed.

The first session, which took place a week ago, talked about fundamental aspects of child rearing. The session discussed the basic needs of children and how to understand such needs and satisfy them.

The approach of the sessions was highly interactive. The speaker asked questions to the audience and related real cases to demonstrate the conceps she was discussing. She also answered the many questions asked by the audience during the sessions.