Although we are still in the development phase and don’t have children living here just yet, it is still and will always be, about the kids. Our workers have children and there are plenty of children who live close by that like to drop in and help out or to just be close by.
Regardless of what we are doing, if there is a curious child close by, asking questions or wanting to help, they are included. This Village is for them and it is about them.
Kevin is the most well known of the children around here. Every volunteer that has come here has met, played with, or worked with Kevin. Six years old and not yet in school, Kevin is the youngest child of Nicolassa and Antolin. He is a joy to spend time with and already an important part of the Children’s Village.
This afternoon, Kevin is helping Greg with some gardening chores. This morning he helped me make smoothies. When the school groups were here, Kevin participated nearly every day while the wall was being built. He knows he is welcome, cherished and an important part of the Village.
When we have 49 children it will be much more challenging to coordinate the efforts of so many tiny hands but I know it is possible and an absolute necessity. It is so important for children to know early that they are valued on this planet and that we appreciate their presence and their help!
How did you include a child in your work or play recently?
And sometimes you’ve got to put up with a little bit of their noise when you’re working!