Stepping stones is a Development Program at the JaKaranda Kinderhuis. It is a group activity that was created to help abused, neglected and previously disadvantaged children to step away from their circumstances and take baby steps towards functioning at an optimal level.
This development program is beneficial to our children in the following ways:
- They maintain healthy lifestyles
- they achieve fitness through perseverance
- the program improves self-esteem and self-image
- Teaches them teamwork
- Teaches self-discipline and endurance
- Enhance social skills
- Teach self-assertiveness
Our children utilise the skills that this developmental program teaches them and they apply it in their daily lives. Despite the circumstances that they came from, they build up a resilience to walk away from the neglect in their lives and move towards the beauty that life has in store for them. We have the testimonies of children who were struggling in school but improved their performance significantly through their participation in our program. Those who did not trust others grew more comfortable in groups and motivated each other to keep going.