Maya Yammine, Lebanon
Today was pretty chaotic… We got a lot done in science, and the majority of those activities were very successful. I started off with the making of some slime, since the students were so fascinated with it, when they said another volunteer did the same. They really enjoyed playing with it, considering the texture. Then, I proceeded to give them a certain type of powder which made “instant snow”. As I added water to it, the children’s faces when they saw the snow forming was truly rewarding. They absolutely loved it! After that, I attempted to make an “instant cloud” using an empty water bottle. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I then prepared a vinegar and baking soda solution in a water bottle, and attached a balloon to it. As it inflated, all of the students stared in awe at that experiment.
In art, I instructed them to draw and color on a blank sheet of paper for the Refugee Children’s Painting Exhibition project that Jusoor is participating in. At first, some of them were hesitant when I explained the question: “What is your dream in the future?”. They needed a while to think of an answer, but eventually pasted their imagination on paper. The answers given ranged from “I want to be a doctor, an engineer, or a designer” to “I wanna live in a nice house, with a big garden”. When I walked around the room to talk to each student, I had noticed a pattern: they all wanted to do or have those things in their country of origin, Syria. The ones who had already been there described it with so much admiration, and I just smiled at their excitement.
During peace building, I made sure to have the kids sit in a circle and express all of those emotions to each other in an effort of active communication. Finally, my eventful day came to an end and I high-fived all the kids “goodbye”.