Since 2007, 60 Grade 6 children from six schools in the area have been chosen annually to be a part of The Butterfly Project.
This an intense 3 week programme held at Roselands Outdoor Centre. It focuses on 3 main areas:
All the activities this week are centered around personal growth. The children's very souls are nurtured. They are given the gift of unconditional love and plenty of undivided attention. Amid much laughter and song they are allowed to explore their strengths and develop the courage to be themselves and to overcome self- doubt.
Amongst other things they focus on:
Our hope is that children will develop a respect and love for their environment, which in turn will make them aware of their responsibility to conserve it. Many ‘hands on’ activities are included:
This week is focused on developing team work and leadership skills. Each child is given an opportunity to lead others, communication is encouraged, responsibility rewarded. The importance of goal setting is stressed and the attributes of a good team player are reinforced continually!
Activities this week include:
Throughout the Butterfly Project care is taken to ensure that all children understand the concepts discussed in both English and their home language.
The children are each given a journal, and are encouraged to express their thoughts. This provides a way to note their personal progress. Many a breakthrough has been seen from the writing of the children.
Counseling by qualified psychologists and social workers is available, monitoring by both Roselands and school staff is recorded. Much time and effort is put into building relationships based on trust with each child.
Our aim is to equip these needy youngsters with life skills, a sense of self-worth and a passion for change within their communities.