We are 20 local Guides, and this August we will be travelling to Zambia and Malawi to volunteer with TheÂ Book Bus charity. Last year we told you about our volunteering adventure. Here is an update.
The Book Bus travels to schools in rural villages across Zambia and Malawi. Although children learn toÂ read at school, classes can contain over 100 children so it is easy for those children that fall behind to goÂ unnoticed. The Book Bus project works with small groups of children to ensure that all children receive theÂ literacy support they need and the inspiration to read through games, drama and craft activities.
To give us experience of reading to children, we have been visiting local Brownie Units. We have beenÂ able to practice reading stories at the right pace, trying out different voices and ensuring that the BrowniesÂ understood the stories and found them interesting. We have come up with and tested out craft ideas andÂ games which complement the stories. Working with the Brownies has been good fun and we have learntÂ which stories work best and which activities children are most enthusiastic about.
Fundraising for the trip has also kept us busy. At Christmas we spent two days bag packing at WaitroseÂ in South Woodford. In February over 100 children came along to our Valentineâ€™s Disco and enjoyed an
eveningâ€™s partying and dancing, as well as activities including face-painting, cake decorating, card-making,
mehndi and pink mocktails.
Our next fundraising event is a Barn Dance on Saturday 16 March at 7.30pm in St Gabrielâ€™s Church Hall,
Park Road, Aldersbrook, E12 5 HG. We have a live band, Fiddle and Squeeze to accompany the dancing.
Tickets cost Â£10 in advance and Â£12 on the door and include a jacket potato bar. Bring your own booze,
glasses and nibbles. To buy tickets call or SMS 0777 44 65 000 or email africaBookBus@Gmail.com.
For more information about the Book Bus see www.thebookbus.org