Restitution

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

 

Om Quibilah* is  a 40-year-old lady who has been attending our Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons for five years and learnt a lot throughout the years about health, psychology and social matters. There was a turning point for her when she called one of our partners, insisting on meeting him urgently. When she met with him, she told him that during the fairs that we organised she stole many things without anyone noticing and gave him the bag with the things she stole. Some things she had used so she couldn’t return them. She said she’ll pay for them. She said that she attended a lesson about honesty. She changed and said that she won’t do it again, because she wants to be honest. She said she felt relieved and at peace after confessing.

 

In the past three months, we discussed coronavirus prevention, family issues, psychological stress, healthy relationships, encouragement, budget and how to spend wisely, and self-confidence. We had a school supplies fair.

 

In the next three months, we will cover inflammation of the nervous system, getting ready for school, failure, adolescence, forgiveness, fire aid, violence, strengthening the immune system, the role of the mother in the family and anemia.

 

While we were giving one of our Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons, one of the children called Amr* shared that he always hits his sister because she plays alone all the time and doesn’t let him play with her. He said that she has lots of toys and he always shares his toys with her, but she doesn’t share hers. He also said their mother hits his sister for the same reason. He said that he took a lesson the previous week about loving all people. He continued that he loves his father a lot and always runs to hug him whenever he comes from work. He said he loves his mother and her cooking. He went and apologised to his mother and sister and promised to never hit his sister again. He will even buy her candies. He also said he will love the other children in the street. He even drew something about this lesson with his cousin and showed it to his mother.

 

In the last three months and throughout the quarantine, we created a WhatsApp group with the children. We tried raising awareness and giving tips on how to prevent getting infected. We were in contact with the children and their families and checked on them often.

 

We made more than 100 phone calls with the children and their families. Because we’re starting school soon, we organised a school supplies fair with half their original prices to help the families financially. They were very happy and thanked us many times for always standing beside them in difficult times.

 

We gradually started back our weekly lessons for the children in September. We gave lessons about COVID-19 and how to prevent getting infected, a lesson about lying, a lesson about headaches, and a lesson about loving others.

 

In the next three months we will give lessons about stubbornness, obedience, hatred and fear.  We will also discourage swearing and bullying. We will discuss the importance of knowledge and education and the risks in using social media.  We will also teach about fever, the danger of chemicals, and colds.

 

Thank you!

 

Farhan

GHNI National Field Leader

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Om Quibilah” and “Amr” are pseudonyms for the individuals involved with this project.

 

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