The daily English classes, run by German year-long volunteers, saw the children learn new vocabulary and grammar before putting it into practice in a number of group and individual activities. While the ages and abilities of the children varied from class to class, their enthusiasm to learn and appreciation for the opportunity to do so was clear to see. Their passion was matched by that of the staff, one of whom had attended the centre himself as a child and had returned after attending university.
At the end of the week, we were invited to attend an annual football match with the children and some of the staff, organised by another of their sponsors from Singapore, where a lot of fun was had by all - despite somewhat struggling to keep up! We also had the opportunity to speak to some of the older live-in children at the centre and past students whose lives had seen a hugely positive impact from both the centre and the funding available from Golden Futures in enabling them to get out of the cycle of poverty and off the streets for good.
Seeing first hand the difference that the money we help raise has made to so many children was an eye-opening and rewarding experience."