Monday, February 27, 2012
Tembari marks 9th year with open house at center
By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
A Friend of Tembari Children
THE Tembari Children’s Care (TCC), a day-care facility, will mark its 9th year as a government-recognized community-based organization (CBO) with an open house at the center at Oro settlement outside Port Moresby on Saturday, March 10.
Penny Sage-embo, Tembari founder and programme coordinator, said the centre will showcase its on-going programs for about 200 beneficiary children that included early childhood education (pre-school), elementary and primary schooling and feeding, among others.
“This year’s celebration would allow us show the center’s progress from 2010 when our generous sponsors and supporters began coming in with assistance,” Sage-embo said.
Founded in 2003, Tembari began with a handful of street children who were taken care of by some volunteer mothers from the settlement.
Those days, the children, who were orphans, abandoned and neglected, were provided simple meals of kaw-kaw and veggies at least three times a week, alongside motherly care from volunteers.
It was only in 2009 when Tembari began offering early childhood education to its beneficiary children with help from Digicel Foundation, which provided a classroom facility and teaching materials.
That time, there were already 78 beneficiary children, with most of them preschoolers who were provided meals at least three times a week. Their schooling was handled by three volunteer teachers.
It was only in 2010 when the centre began feeding the children from Monday to Saturday with rice and protein and occasional fresh milk, thanks to the generous assistance from a number of corporate and individual sponsors.
The anniversary activities will start at 8.20am, with the arrival of guests comprising donor-sponsors and supporters.
A group of Tembari chidldren’s sing-sing group will perform as part of TCC’s cultural program.
This year, we expect to look after 116 elementary and primary school children plus 40 preschoolers.
The rest of the kids would be those of non-school age – from 4 to 2 years old.
All in all, we are expecting to serve close to 200 children this year that also include preschoolers from settlement families with fathers and mothers who have means to support them adequately.
These parents send their children to Tembari because it is the only preschool facility operating at Oro settlement.
It is good that this year’s school fees of our school children have been shouldered by the government. However, the cost of their school projects would be paid by sponsors.
The March 3 event will also see the feeding of the beneficiary children and in this occasion, I would like to serve them something especial for their Saturday lunch.
If you think you are able to donate protein such as sausages or chicken and bread (buns or loaves) and cordial drinks towards this occasion, please don’t hesitate to let me know through the email provided below.
They would also welcome – with open arms – ice cream!
This once-in-a-blue-moon lunch treat would make the Tembari children’s day very special.