TPO kids

“Now I know new things”

25th September 2019 | Blog

Thirteen-year-old Stephen fled civil war in South Sudan with his family and now lives in Adjumani refugee settlement in Uganda.

Settling into a new life, culture and education system is hard and there is little for Stephen to do outside of school.

Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation’s (TPO) child-friendly spaces are invaluable for children like Stephen, providing a place to play and take part in creative activities like drama and arts & crafts. Now thanks to supporters like you, Stephen and his friends also have brand new children’s books to enjoy.

Stephen reading in a Child Friendly Space
Stephen fled the civil war in South Sudan and now lives in Adjumani settlement in Uganda

I am from South Sudan and now I live in a settlement. I am in Primary Four. My two big brothers stopped going to school and went back to South Sudan. I just wanted to go with them because here we do not get enough things to do.

I used not to like reading. I came to the centre to play with the ball with my friends. Then the teacher at the center started giving us books to read before giving me the balls to go and play with my friends.

I never liked it but the teachers helped me read the stories and understand them.

Reading activity
Donated books are used by TPO to engage children in reading activities and introduce children to the joy of stories

Now I am happy and I like reading the stories in the books with my friends. I also ask for books to read from home and the teacher allows me. Now I know new things.

The books that are at the centre have nice stories. I told my mother about the story of a baker. I am reading more books and I will be telling them to my brothers who went back to South Sudan. I will be performing better at school because I am reading more.  I want to be the best reader in my school and in my community.

In addition to books, our reading project with Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) includes training for the social workers and ‘animators’ that work with children in TPO’s child-friendly spaces in running reading activities, story sessions and introducing children to the joy of reading for pleasure.

Our reading project with TPO Uganda is generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We would like to thank them for their ongoing support.

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