The Congo is a long way from here. And the students at Centre Salisa, as amazing and precious as they are, can seem pretty removed from your daily life. So today, here is just a peek into what is happening at Centre Salisa through the incredible work of Dr. Jerry (the Congolese director of GBA), and GBA, and how your Giving Up To Give helps to make this work possible.
At the center of what is being taught and modeled to the students is learning to continually employ 5 leadership skills:
3. organize data
4. propose solutions together with the community
5. reflect on the process
They do this through daily work and through the overarching curriculums: waste management, clean water, and nutrition. To help solidify what the students are learning and to keep it continually before them, murals were painted on the walls. The murals brighten the otherwise drab classrooms, they encourage the students to continually engage the leadership skills, and they remind them of what they have already learned. Even the process of painting the murals was done as a group with the help of a skilled painter, and was itself an empowering experience for the students (imagine learning in classrooms with nothing but a chalkboard and suddenly having a colorful mural on the wall). Much like the brightened walls, the future of these students is brighter because of the work of GBA--work that is made possible by people like you. Your Giving Up is making a difference!