Health and Hygiene Education
Health and dental education has been provided to students at Toogolawa school on the Gold Coast by Health in Kind nurses and dentists. An awareness of eating healthy food and how to take care of the teeth was presented last year.
In Perth, Health in Kind medical volunteers have been providing free monthly health checks and education to children and parents in a disadvantaged community. A 10 day values lesson on positive thinking and living was organised in December and free food has been provided regularly as part of the service.
2018 – 2017
In Brisbane , Indigenous preschool children have been provided with health education, dental education. At Christmas, health food and gifts were presented to the children. Free dental education and a fun and active lesson on looking after the body was provided to the class.
Free toothbrushes and tooth paste was distributed for 43 children at the pre-school in the new 2018 school year.
From the 11th of Jan to the 24th of Jan 2018, a 10 Day school holiday program was held for about 20 children at Minnawarra House in Perth, Australia. Some of our youth and elders assisted as facilitators over the 10 day period. The children were between 4-14 years of age and the aim of this holiday program was to inculcate values such as honesty, compassion and respect in the children. Each of the 10 days was allocated a value-theme and activities were conducted based around these themes. This way, there were constant reminders for the children around the theme throughout the day. The day started with breakfast, followed by a 1-2 minute silent sitting session, with soft background music. This was followed by activities such as drama, pottery, painting, singing and the like. Nutritious food was served for lunch, after which the second activity was started. In between the 2 activities, children were told stories from lives of ideal men and women of character such as Abraham Lincoln and Florence Nightingale. Furthermore, discussions were held with children on the importance of values in their lives.
While the activities nourished the minds of the children, the day ended with afternoon tea to once again nourish their bodies. As the program nears its end, we can already see the children becoming more conscious of the need for respecting and loving others. Some of the kids come from troubled families and do not have the right environment for positive values to blossom in their hearts and minds. So, it fills our heart with great joy to see them develop positive attitudes which will enable them to become good human beings in the future.