At the end of 2018, Ikhaya Le Themba took a leap of faith and approached TMT (Timothy Ministry Training) to partner with us. We were so excited at the thought as we would be partnering with an amazing group of people that carry the same heart for Kingdom living. The idea is that we would work alongside each other on the TMT Love Days and have the students help reach the community in the Winelands. With this in mind we realise that the circumstances that the amazing young students would face along the way might be very tough so it only made sense to provide TMT with our Resilient Kids Training. The course helps adults/parents/caregivers/children's workers understand the needs and circumstances of a child and equips that person to navigate through difficult emotions to build resilience in the affected child.
Two weeks prior to the training, Barbara and Kay from Resilient Kids trained the Ikhaya Le Themba team on how to facilitate the training. It was an insightful time for the team forming a strong bond and great expectations of the impact the training would have on the TMT Students. After a week of planning and preparation, the team were ready to launch in Wellington.
Monday started with everyone being well prepared but rather nervous. It was wonderful to see the confidence of our team grow as they engaged with the students. Many of the TMT Students admitted that they were not too keen to attend the training but as the day unfolded they were hooked! The games and experiential learning sessions gave them a deeper understanding of the importance of identity, value and how to build resilient in a child.
Our teams were fired up and confident by Tuesday morning. The students loved the simple techniques used to demonstrate prejudice. Their skits on good and bad listening were most amusing yet powerful. Wholehearted participation throughout the day knitted hearts together and gave a bit of insight as to where everybody is at. The creativity was amazing as each team put together their “Child” (see the pics below).
The Students really took presenting the normal development of a child very seriously. This set the platform for the “bad stuff happens” activities to follow. Working through trauma, child abuse, grief and loss was hard work, as the topics stirred emotions in our facilitators and the TMT students. Each and every one really put their heart into presenting their allocated topics well. Wednesday ended early as everyone was rather exhausted after the hot, sensitive day.
Thursday focused on self-care with teams presenting concepts, games and activities. The presentation of the items the students had made with clay was very special as they shared the meaning of the sculptures they had created – once again the creativity was amazing.
All too soon Friday dawned with the groups planning on how to use the skills and knowledge they had acquired. A review of their expectations confirmed that the week was a wonderful time of equipping teams ready to build resilience into the children they will be serving in the Winelands district this year.
Well done to the wonderful facilitators – Bobby, Henre, Phila and Ayanda - I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the gift God has given to Ikhaya Le Themba – you are awesome!