I have now been teaching women for 7 weeks this year. Each week we have seen growth and new women joining, eager to learn. We have a new learning environment, using the main area of the house. Thank you Opa Rob for the new whiteboard mounted up. We also had to get more desks for our students as we quickly outgrew the nine we had available. We now have 18 women coming to learn each Tuesday evening at our centre.
Goa Gong English
Each Tuesday afternoon we also continue going to the community at Goa Gong and teaching women there. Last year we started these classes and had 5 women to teach. This year we are continuing those lessons, and more women are coming, as more move into the neighbourhood and they invite their friends along. Last week we had TEN women learning in their home. It is exciting to see how our classes are doubling this year, and it’s only February.
Learning Reading, Writing, Arithmetic
Through our lessons at Goa Gong, we met 7 years old Luis, who does not go to school. We invited him to come and learn to read, write and learn some basic mathematics with Feny, our Women’s Centre coordinator. He was so shy at first, but now he comes in with a huge smile on his face. He told us about another friend of his who doesn’t go to school. So we had a desire to help this little boy and that one-on-one tutoring has grown. Now we have 3 boys, between 5 and 8 learning on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
Sewing Teacher for Sewing Classes
Workshops and a Safe Place
excited to learn skills they can use to make and sell in their homes.
In these workshops, I run a kid’s program, (aged from 18months- 8years old), with games, stories and songs, while their mums are learning. Through these workshops, Sue also shares about our other classes and our live-in program, to help women with difficult situations have a safe place to stay and a chance to learn and find work.
The evening after our workshop in January, we had a woman show up with her two children very upset because of problems at her home. She stayed with us a week, then decided to go back home to her husband, she continues to come each week to learn English, sewing, and have counselling as she builds trust and shares with us. Her son also joins the class each week with Feny We continue praying for her and her marriage, that she may make amends with her husband and they can have a healthy relationship.
Our KidZone English classes took off running and now we have 50 kids on our attendance list! We definitely enjoy classes in the bigger space and Thursdays are busy, fun and full of energy at the Women’s Centre. In March we are splitting into two groups, Grades 1, 2, 3 first class (2.30-4pm) then afterwards straight up for Grades 4, 5 and 6 (4pm-5.30) to create more space for learning as the kids continue coming and inviting their friends.
We originally started KidZone by inviting kids from a school around the corner from our centre, handing out brochures to them and their parents as they were leaving, but through some of our other programs, we have grown and a lot more kids are coming from another school nearby and others from different schools in the area as kids share with their neighbours and friends and we continue growing through the great testimony of word of mouth.
Each Friday we also have about 30 kids coming for KidZone games. We use these opportunities to share stories and songs and just have fun with the kids. We also have a volunteer, Tanya, from Russia here teaching the kids some painting skills. She is showing them new ways to make patterns and designs, the kids have enjoyed that this past month. They also enjoyed a couple of weeks with some volunteers from Norway. This team was able to teach us some new games. The kids loved them and even now continue to request to play. We hope to continue providing more activities as more volunteers come sharing their skills and fresh ideas.
Bali Life English
Each week I also go to the Children’s Home to teach English to the kids there. We farewelled Melanie in February, who has been here teaching our highest level teenagers as well as our staff each week. On a Saturday mornings I teach four classes with the kids in primary – middle school and two high school students as well as on a Monday afternoon teaching some other middle-school teens. Each Friday evening at Bali Life Open House, there are a few kids who constantly ask, “Aunty, besok Inggris?” which basically means, “Do we have English tomorrow?” They are growing more confident and I am seeing that as we get visitors and the kids that used to be shy or not understand, can now understand and have a small conversation with our guests, which is exciting to see.
*Volunteers to help teach the advanced levels and staff at the Children’s Home now that Melanie has gone, as my time will be even fuller as I work out times to take on these classes again