Monday, December 19, 2011

Krismasi Njema!

Just in case you aren't fluent in Swahili, that means Merry Christmas! I hope you all are enjoying your holiday break as much as I am!! I don't plan on posting too much over the break, but this one is important to me :) Last week I had my students write holiday cards to a student in Africa! I sponsor a little boy names Jackson through the Cheti Sponsorship program.
Meet Jackson!


The Cheti School is in Tanzania, Africa. I first learned about Jackson from a friend of mine that went to Africa to teach English. While she was there, she helped start up a sponsorship program with the school. This program helps pay for the students to be able to go to school to get a good education and learn English. This is the second year I have sponsored Jackson. I get pictures and report cards from him. My students love to hear about him and get excited learning about him.
My friend, Jessica, who taught English at Cheti with Jackson
Jackson with his classmates

I have done this with my students for the past 2 years. It is a great learning experience for them! Before we made the cards, we looked on a map and located where we live and where Jackson lives. At first, my kids didn't understand how far away Africa was from America. (One of my students asked if Africa was by Tampa!) This activity lets them be creative as well as works on their expressive written language. Each student wrote a little about themselves and asked Jackson questions about him. They got really into making these cards! One of my groups even had me look up how to say certain words in Swahili!


This program is really great and has helped the school grow. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact me for more information, visit the website Sponsor Cheti or check out their Facebook page!



1 comment:

  1. I love to read about what you are teaching these children Kristin. Such valuable lessons! You are going to make a great mom.

    Our class adopted a two year old boy named Jose from Crisis Nursery. They laughed when one of the items needed were diapers. Our three year old children are so proud that they are potty trained. :) But it was good for them to understand that not everyone has all the toys and clothes they take for granted.

    Love you

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