Esther Njuguna (IB1 student at Waterford) has made quite a profound reflection on the impact of Community Service at Waterford, based on her experience. She says, "I am part of Ekwetsembeni Sport - an on-campus Community Service program run every Thursday morning by a group of IB1 students. It involves a group of children aged between 10 and 18 years old. These youngsters come from Ekwetsembeni School, a learning center for children who are differently abled physically and/or mentally.
Upon arrival, the children are always ecstatic as it is their time to unwind with their fellow age mates and engage in various activities. Jasmine (IB1) reflects: “Having such an activity on a Thursday morning really brings joy and warmth to my heart because I get to interact with children from a different background. I love seeing smiles on their faces and it makes one appreciate the state that we are living in.”
The children are divided into girls and boys. The girls meet on the courts and engage in extremely exciting sports such as netball and basketball. The boys meet on the field, start with laps, and then play football in a friendly - and sometimes competitive - manner. The few kids who are not able to participate in the sports play simpler games with their friends. One of the boys said that he really enjoys being part of this small community. He added that he rarely played with his peers and this fuels his passion for football.
All in all, this Community Service is a great way to get the children out of normal schedule and explore more. It makes them happy and they would love to see more of this in the future."