They have a schedule posted by every kids house. Maison Shalom, Maison El Shaddai and Maison La Grace all have schedules posted by the door, a new schedule every month. We also get a schedule for the two weeks we were there. Before and after meals is also very organized. There are three groups, and they rotate around jobs.
When we were there, the groups were called Bonté (Bounty) Les élus de dieu (Representatives of God) and La lumière (The light). I volunteered in Bonté. One group would set the table and get the soap and water ready.The cook would always make the meals, but on weekends the kids would help out. Someone would ring the bell and everybody would come to eat. Someone would put the food on the table, right before we eat.
|the cook making the meal|
|washing hands before the meal|
|the meal and clean up crew|
|putting away water after the meal|
|washing the dishes|
|me and Pascaline hanging up the dish towels to dry|
Their rooms are very organized and clean. They spend their time when they're home from school cleaning and sweeping their rooms. Every day, they sweep the outside of the houses too. Lots of the kids helped with the younger kids and also volunteer to help with the babies. They are very independent and responsible but they also used a lot of team effort.
When the kids are on vacation, the girls make necklaces to sell and raise money for the children's home. They taught me how to make a necklace too.
I was really impressed by the responsibility of the kids there. I think that a lot of kids in Canada don't have to take that kind of responsibility.
À toute à l'heure,