Students of UNAM (University of Namibia) in Maggie’s Sunhouse
Windhoek, October 2008
by Maggie Noelting

Educational groups with children at a children’s home
In a letter from the lecturer of the Department of Psychology and Social Work at UNAM, Ms J. Ananias, I was asked at the end of July to enable 4 Social students in their second study year to do their practical training at Maggie’s Sunhouse during August/September.

The purpose of the placement is two fold:

1. To gain practical experiences in the application of the theory on “social work with groups” and
2. to provide life-skills to the children to cope with problems of the everyday living.

It sounded very promising.

After an informational talk with the lecturer and the 4 students on 6th August at “Maggie’s Sunhouse”
the date for the first contact with the children was set to 11th August.
The children were briefed by me in advance for this special event.
The devision into 2 groups was done without problems. Everyone eagerly expected the 4 students Umar, Enjouline, Veronica and Penny.

Group 1, the older kids, was given to Veronica and Penny, while group 2, the younger children, was assigned to Umar and Enjouline.

The range of the activities was large and varied. Starting with getting-to-know games, exercise- and ballgames, continuing with talks about friendship anf life situations, where the answer NO is required in group 1, and to learn practical abilities in form of handicraft work in group 2.

The photos should give you a little impression. They do not document all the activities.
The final event in September we all enjoyed in the garden with braaivleis and side dishes (snacks).
The lecturer wrote in her letter of 30th July:
“I trust that this placement will be a positive experience for both institutions involved.”

The action turned out to be a success. These weeks of practical training were a valuable addition for our children, for Maggie’s Sunhouse as a whole.
Thank you, dear Umar, Enjouline, Penny and Veronica!
You will always be welcome in our home.

Maggie Nölting

Windhoek, October 2008