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What Debsalem at The Homestead said

Here is a testimonial from Debsalem, social worker at The Homestead. For more about what I did, read the post below.

Megan is an absolute pleasure and joy to interact with- from making arrangements via facebook throught to implementing the plan in person. She is enthusiastic, efficient, creative, professional and heart centered.

On the day, she arrived respectfully early and calmly greeted us all with smiling eyes. We went to the workshop space and arranged the room to create an open space. We stood in a circle and Megan introduced herself by sharing what she does and establishing a humble, comfortable and honouring atmosphere in which the boys felt free to express themselves. She was very present during the session and sensitively adapted what she was doing to respond to the boys in the most benefficial manner.

It was fun and fabulous. They laughed a lot and many name Megan’s group as the highlight of their holiday programme.

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Versatile improv work

As part of my pro-bono work I was asked to come and spend some time at The Homestead, a shelter for boy street children, and play some improv games with them. I was a little reluctant and unsure. I had no idea how much of the stuff they would respond to and what kind of concentration they would have. I arrived yesterday afternoon and found a motley crew of mostly teenage boys colouring in mandalas, an inspired project introduced by Debsalem, their whacky and awesome social worker.

I shouldn’t have worried. We gathered in the room after pushing furniture aside, and played and played. Yes, there were concentration lapses, language hiccups, and moments of frustration, and self-consciousness but hey, they were a bunch of twelve teenage boys and their social workers. I chose easy, fun games, lying games, physical games. Once they got the hang of it they started being creative. After about 40 minutes (about the length of a school period I guess) they were pretty much done. ¬†When they were asked what they enjoyed about it one of the younger boys said he just loved laughing. And I guess that’s a big deal for street kids.

After doing a little debrief with Debsalem in her sanctuary of an office, she walked me to my car. Three of the boys were outside, washing her car. She turned to me with a huge smile and said, “they must have loved the session. Whenever they love anything they thank me by spontaneously washing my car!”

I left with a huge smile on my face. I realised that these boys had helped me overcome certain insecurities I had had about their access to this work. It really is positive, amazing stuff, for anybody. You just have to say yes!

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