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The Awesome Five (TAF), Super Strikers (SS) and The Super Power Dragons (SPD)! These are the team names in Shelter 1 that are formed from a weekly, year-long volunteer programme known as "Esprit De Corps" (EDC), which is to promote "a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group". When Timothy first came to us in asking what he could do to contribute to our children, we shared that one of the things we observe in the homes, which in this case, Shelter 1, would often have disunity, fighting and the attitude of just fending for themselves. We put a challenge to him if we can design a programme that would change that culture and to create a new one that Shelter 1's children would be proud of - he was willing to take the challenge on! Hence we laid down the objectives, timeline, structuring etc. The culture we aim for Shelter 1 is: 1. To cultivate the values of being proud and loyal of the home they live in 2. To build unity, care and trust within one another 3. To develop servant leaders where the older kids will serve the younger children by helping and reaching out to them On March 20th, EDC was launched along with another volunteer joining in to help, Raisa. It is decided that it will be held every Monday. On that day, we laid down the rules, expectations and roles. Yes, each group would have a Team Leader (TL) and a Team Leader's Assistant (TLA). To get the kids' buy in, we shared that their groups are to have a healthy competition with each other week after week for a GRAND prize at year end. Besides the activities that will attribute points, points will also be given for pro-social behaviour and we will deduct points for bad behaviour throughout the activity. The idea is to start the motivation with an external reward that will eventually become an intrinsic motivation by seeing why unity and caring for one another is so beneficial in itself. One of the interesting things that Timothy included in the list of awarding of points was that if he or Raisa see team members HELPING another person from a different team, they will give good points for it! The first week as we have expected was pretty rough. They were grumbling with why such and such person was in their team and some were voicing out to change members. We stood our ground and told them that they will have to learn to accept one another and learn to work together - even with people that we may not like. In the photos, the groups are asked to come up with their own team logo and names! These are done in the following week on the 26th March. Click on each photos to find out more on what's happening. Some points had to be deducted on this day cause fights erupted and they were not being very cooperative to what was told to them on the activity. However, they were also pro social behaviours seen and points were awarded too. We made sure that we are far more generous in giving points for good behaviour and to be more gracious when it comes to deducting the points for poor behaviour. We didn't want this programme to have a tone of being run like a military camp but rather a positive, encouraging and "let's do this" kind of vibe and tone. Points awarded : 1. 20th March - SS 11 pts, TAF 10pts & SPD 10 pts 2. 26th March - SS 19pts, TAF 18pts & SPD 17 pts ...also more to come with another programme tied in with this, Sanus Vitae (SV), look out for that update!
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You know how some of us (if not, most of us!) have certain items in our house that fetch almost no value to others but is extremely precious to us? It's because it's given by people who are very important to us. For Zuna*, it is his Lego toys, given none other than his very own mother. Look at how has put them together in such a nice piece! (As seen in photo) It's really symbolic to him as it represents his mother's love for him. Thankfully the mother has been calling and visiting him every now and then. One of our challenges is to actually help him safeguard it (as all of our children have their own precious possession) while having to do all of our other duties. As Zuna's precious possession are Lego toys, there were times when other kids took it in his absence to play and lose some of the pieces. To the other kids, it's just some toy pieces that went missing, so it's no big deal to them. To Zuna, it's like a few pieces of his heart that went missing! He would really bawl and and be weeping and we'd feel really bad when that happens to him. Recently, we've talked a little on possibly installing a special unique locker cupboard that are meant for safeguarding things that are very precious to each child. Our other cupboards are either full or is used for keeping their schoolbooks and files and is not practical to put all of the kids' precious items in one or two locked cupboards only to have the home staff constantly asked for it to be taken out every now and then. When we were children/youth, remember how we have our very own cupboard to keep all these and revisiting them every now and then? :) *Name has been changed to protect his identity
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