Recreational and Enrichment Activities

This program addresses the need for holistic education in local schools by providing opportunities for the children to participate in group sports, go on field trips, and engage in activities with art, drama, music and group discussion, in a positive learning environment. Espoir Congo utilizes a character building curriculum specifically created for a young African audience to address relevant social issues and instill positive character traits and Christian morals.

In order to give these children the opportunity to succeed in life and find fulfillment and happiness, Espoir Congo wants to go beyond providing them with material aid and conventional education. Children need playtime, and also the opportunity to develop their creativity and their character in a fun, constructive way. (Watch Espoir Congo Presentation Video--Part 1)

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Natalie helping child to color

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Dress up and acting at Christmas time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Natalie helping orphaned boy get dressed up for a skit

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Art activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children regularly participate in singing, acting, sports, games, arts & crafts and character building activities, using the renown character-and-values-building curriculum developed by educators in Uganda and South Africa called “The STEPS Program”. This curriculum includes a diverse array of Bible based stories, poems, songs and activities specifically tailored to an African audience.

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Coloring page that illustrates lesson just taught

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Dressing up and acting is so much fun!

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Outdoors games

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Teaching Bible based principles using the STEPS program

Even if significant emphasis is placed on academic instruction, we find an immense need in the DRCongo for educational materials that address everyday issues such as honesty, diligence, anger, forgiveness, cooperation, overcoming difficulties and having a positive outlook, among others. We believe that giving children a foundation in these Christian principles will equip them for life to become happier, well-rounded and caring citizen.

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Art activitiy illustrating the lesson learned

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Natalie leading an activity with orphaned children

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Outdoor games

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Playing games during recess

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Excursion to the zoo

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Learning about animals during excursion to the Kinshasa zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An excursion to the zoo was organized in 2011, the very first time for most of these children to come out of their village and see the “big city” of Kinshasa.

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Sports and fun

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Sports and fun

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Volleyball game

Everyone wants to play volleyball

Everyone wants to play volleyball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2012, the children were able to participate in daily outdoor games and sports, and a volleyball field was set up in 2013.

Plans are underway to also build a soccer field and a basketball court.

In 2015, a library was set up in the primary school, in memory of our daughter Natalie. Watch video clip here

 

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