Compassion is the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion).
If you are reading this post I think you will agree that it is the task of adults to raise compassionate children who will later help reduce suffering in the world.
Heather Howe is not only a compassionate person herself but she is doing a fantastic job for Beauty Without Cruelty to instil values of kindness into children (read more @ https://www.facebook.com/BeautyWithoutCrueltySA/posts/631199903654755)
Heather does volunteer work on Saturday mornings with children from Philippi, Cape Town, South Africa.
Authors of the Alcohol Development and Poverty in South Africa blog explain that Philippi is a low-income community that “faces serious development challenges in the form of poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, food insecurity, crime and exposure to environmental hazards such as flooding and fire”.
( read more @ http://alcoholsouthafrica.wordpress.com/leave-feedback/philippi/ )
These are their photos of Philippi.
Heather’s input is part of the Kwafaku Reading Group project which aims to inculcate compassion through “Humane Education”, which uses story and activities as methods of learning.
Although English is not the first language for these children, Heather explains,“We have covered many stories on how to look after animals and exercise compassion”.
In Heather’s words this is how she approached this topic.
~ We imagined that one night we went to sleep and the following morning we awoke to discover that someone had stolen our skin!.
I posed the questions,
~ How would we feel? Imagine what animals feel when they are farmed or hunted for their skin and fur.
~ We looked at pictures of animals that do and don’t have fur; learnt that birds have feathers and fish have scales not fur!!
~ We discussed why animals have fur – to keep them safe and warm.
~ We then sang and dramatised the fur song “Don’t steal My Fur”, as shown below.
~ I read the story “How the Little Fox saved Her Coat” by Rosa Close, a charming story about how a fox rallied children to teach the elders not to hunt animals for their fur.
~ I declared a Fur Free Day to last forever!
~The children then made their own Fur Free Day posters.