I have been volunteering for JAA for three years. I am a primary school teacher and my specialty is teaching Hebrew as a foreign and cultural language to children ages 5-8. I am married with twin boys, both 21 years old.
Explaining how to sew and how to make cards was a way to help the women practice and improve their English while learning a new skill.
When I retired from full time teaching I wondered how I could fill my time with something meaningful where I could help others.
When I came across JAA I was interested in their work and the programs they ran for the Sudanese community. I love working with the mother’s and children’s group on Thursdays. Some days 10-15 women would come, learning to sew or participate in a creative craft activity. There is always lots of chatting and laughing between the women, and between the women and the volunteers. We would speak to them in English as our Arabic is non-existent. Explaining how to sew and how to make cards was a way to help the women practice and improve their English while learning a new skill. After completing a short Arabic language session, I came to the group using some of the phrases I had learned. The women were delighted and laughed at my pronunciation. It made me realise how hard it is to pick up a completely new language.
The women are warm, caring and ready to support and help each other out. I am learning a lot about them, their culture and religion and about their special foods.
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