Archive | August, 2012

Our Favourite Photos

9 Aug

“Some things are just universally funny…”

Children in Crisis is nearly 20 years old and we have spent almost all of our life being completely snap-happy. Naturally, through time we have come to know these photos quite well, so we thought we would share with you a few of our favourites…

Koy, CEO:

I have always loved this one from a Community Based Education Centre in Kabul. The boy at the front refused to be distracted by ‘distinguished visitors’ and other teachers piling into his schoolroom – one (me) wielding a camera inches from his face –  he just wanted to get on with the task in his school book. I admired his determination and the quality of his concentration.


Dedicated school boy, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011

Georgina, Fundraising Assistant:

I don’t know if I need to explain why this is my favourite photo, everyone who sees it smiles like I did when I first saw it. Past the initial brilliance of the protagonist’s face, there is such a feeling of strength and togetherness about the image which I love, as all the women gather in front of the school Children in Crisis built with our partner Eben-Ezer Ministries in Bijojo village.


Bijojo Village, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2011

James, Project Funding Manager :

The village of Bibokoboko in DRC has very few men, they were rounded up and executed during the worst of the conflict.  Many of the village’s women, like Nyamatunga, now face the seemingly impossible task of raising their children (Nyamatunga has 6) while trying to scrape a living.  As if this isn’t enough this community has built its own road and own school, which we will now help them complete.  Nyamatunga’s strength and resolve is unquestionable, and reflected in this photo.


Bibokoboko, DRC, 2011

Bethan, Programme Manager for Afghanistan:

On first glance I like it because it’s so colourful and you don’t often see photos so full of colour coming from our Afghanistan work, particularly featuring girls. Then because of what it represents, this was back in 2005, Children in Crisis were working on a teacher training project which covered the whole of Afghanistan. Only four years after the fall of the Taliban and these girls were going to school for the first time thanks to our project.


School girls, Afghanistan, 2005

Katharine, Events and Community Manager:

This photo was taken on our CEO, Koy Thomson’s recent trip to Sierra Leone to visit our new project. I loved it as soon as I saw it because it so demonstrates the different generations that are helped by our work. And I love the cheeky little boy in the corner!


Maseba Village, Kambia, Sierra Leone 2012

Tom, Project Funding Officer:

Although this may not be the best photo we have, it is one of my favourites as it shows the difficult, and beautiful, environments we work in. It shows Kakuba School which, as you can see, is the school that climbed a mountain.


Kakuba School, DRC, 2012


It’s such a lovely picture of Rubyagiza the new Education Manager for Eben-Ezer, with a baby from the village, the picture was taken on the night Amy, our Programme Manager for DRC, arrived at Ngobi for the inauguration of the Ngobi primary school. I love the hat too – the hat is definitely his hat – Amy tells me red/pink is apparently a symbol of his family.


Rubyagiza and baby, Ngobi Village, DRC, 2012

Joe, Fundraising and Website Officer:

I love this photo. I travelled to Kabul in October 2011, visiting the Community Based Education Centres (CBECs) that Children in Crisis run within the city’s poorest areas, giving out of school children a route into education. I’d expected to find it a difficult task photographing the pupils within the centres, expecting them to be wary of this stranger with the fancy camera. How wrong I was.

Within a few minutes of visiting my first CBEC I was mobbed by overexcited kids, jumping in front of the lens, I felt guilty at the bedlam I was causing. These girls were some of the more composed kids, but not so cool as to miss the opportunity of having a laugh at each other’s expense. It was great to see how some things are just universally funny.


Community Based Education Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011

JessProject Fundraising Intern:

This was one of the first photos I saw when I started working at Children in Crisis and with smiley faces like these, how could it not be my favourite?!


School girls, Sierra Leone, 2010

Sarah, Director of Programmes:

Because children’s voices need to be heard, and we work with people who really listen…


Eraste Rwatangabo, a sorely missed friend and colleague, DRC, 2011

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Sarah J – Sierra Leone – Launch and REFLECT

3 Aug

“The REFLECT approach links adult learning to empowerment, which is especially important when working with marginalised groups such as women…”

It has been a while since I updated this blog and as always plenty has been happening so I will share with you a couple of key things that have been very exciting.

We officially launched the project . . .

At the end of June we launched the project that Children in Crisis and ABC-Development are implementing together in Kambia District at community and district level. Although the project has been running since mid-April we waited until June to officially launch because the communities, with support from their facilitators and the ABC team, had completed their social maps and come up with actions (and budgets to go with them) to address the problems in education that they have identified. This meant that at each launch it was not just ABC, Children in Crisis, District Council, and other NGOs that spoke about the project and the need for the work in Kambia. Instead, community representatives, nominated by the communities, were also able to address those attending and share what they have been doing to develop their proposals.

Kontha Community Social Map

Kontha Community Social Map

The community voices were heard. The communities brought their social maps to the District Level launch and proudly displayed them on the walls for everyone to see. This was an important opportunity for engaging with others in the district to start to show what the communities can do with our support, and to show what we have done so far so that we can continue to bring people together in this way to have open discussions and demonstrate the results as the project goes on.

Social Maps

ABC Team and facilitators putting up their Community Social Maps for the district launch.

We brought together local partners to have training of REFLECT Trainers…

I mentioned in the first blog post that a key element of the project we are running with ABC is REFLECT, which is an adult literacy and community development methodology. In fact the RELFECT approach is an important component of both the projects Children in Crisis is working on in Kambia –the other one being in partnership with FAWE Sierra Leone which you can read about here.

The REFLECT approach links adult learning to empowerment, which is especially important when working with marginalised groups such as women.   REFLECT builds on what people already know rather than what they don’t know through its use of participatory methodology and is therefore a continuation of what has already been done on the ABC project with the communities.

REFLECT Training

REFLECT Training session outline

We brought the ABC and FAWE teams together at the start of July to attend training in RELFECT delivered by a new local partner organisation called the Baloya Development Foundation (BALDE). This training was to equip the teams to be able to train the literacy facilitators that will be selected by and working in their communities to run literacy circles, which will then meet weekly (usually more than once). Issues that are important to the learners and the community form the centre of the circles, so that these issues are discussed and words relevant to them learnt. By the end of each meeting learners agree on an action (no matter how small) they can take to address the issue(s).

The training has been very valuable, enabling the teams to develop their knowledge and skills, equipping them to share these with the facilitators so they can work for their communities, and also bringing local partners together –ABC, Balde and FAWE- to share their strengths and learn from each other.

Below is a snapshot in pictures of that training:

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