Putting Smiles on Faces

The Tumelong Child Care Centre in Kumakwane has a new look. Tumelong, which provides a feeding program and learning facilities for orphans and other vulnerable children, now sports brightly painted walls inside and out. Flying Mission provided the paint, and Samara Lubbe and her friend Safura, both art students at Maru-a-Pula school in Gaborone, volunteered to paint pictures on the walls. Tumelong staff member Albert Kgosiesele finished the job by adding the words “Tumelong Child Care” front and center.

“The children love to touch the pictures,” said teacher Ratanang Sephiri. “And they are learning from them. They identify the shapes in the flowers and they say the alphabet letters that are painted on the tree.” The staff members and children like the brightly painted inside walls, too. “It is a fun and happy environment,” said Ratanang. “Everyone smiles when they look at the walls.” I believed her, because I couldn’t stop smiling myself.