Face Painting, a Picnic and a Python

38 members of the Mpop Kidz Club, an initiative of the Mpophomeni Conservation Group, started the school holidays with heaps of fun at the Umgeni Valley Open Day. mpop taxi rankEveryone had their faces painted in colourful designs Mpop Kidz Club face paint at Umgeni Valley before watching Pat McKrill unpack his snakes – including a very big python. Mpop Kidz snake Then it was off to the recycling centre where Ayanda Lipheyana explained how it works and what can be recycled. Mpop kidz recycling Everyone read the information labels and peeped curiously into the bins while Ntombenhle Mtambo, facilitator of the Club, was delighted to find many useful resources amongst the things others had thrown away. Then it was time to turn waste into something useful. Mpop Kidz Club craft in UV Each child created a birdfeeder from a 2litre plastic bottle mpop kidz bird feeders and made seed stars (also for the birds) to decorate their gardens at home. Mpop kids seed star The grasslands full of flowers were a hit as was the big Yellowwood tree – which everyone had heard of before – but never seen. Everyone was fascinated by the kraal, with a traditional food storage pit in the centre, and the culturally important Ziziphus mucronata (umlahlankhosi) tree planted on the edge. Mpop Kidz Ziziphus Sandile Msomi said “This is my first time to see these things. This is my Christmas present.”  After a picnic under the trees, mpop kidz picnic and a few more games, mpop kidz parachute game Ayanda Mnikathi could not resist doing a little dance of joy which attracted many onlookers. Mpop Kidz Club dance in UV “What a great community occasion this was,” commented Ntombenhle “with families and kids and everyone joining in. The WESSA staff were all so friendly and helpful too.”  She said the kids were really proud to be wearing their bright Mpop Kidz Club badges which other visitors noticed and commented on. “It made them feel special.” She concluded. Mpop Kidz Club in UV Many thanks to N3Toll Concession for supporting the Mpophomeni Conservation Group and Mpop Kidz Club through the Midlands Conservancies Forum. mpop kidz holding thumbs

1 thought on “Face Painting, a Picnic and a Python

  1. David Clulow

    Of far greater immediate value for the children and society than all the “pie in the sky” dreams of politicians. Well done



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