October 18th, 2013


The Canaan Project is a little charity; we only employ four members of staff, three of which are part time. This means we rely massively on our wonderful volunteers. We are really grateful for our volunteers that offer time on a weekly basis as well as those that come for just one or two sessions.

Our after school girls club this week left me feeling overwhelmingly positive. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it felt so amazing, but one of the things that encouraged me so much was seeing two new volunteers get really stuck in, and bless the young women with their amazing skills and abilities. We had a wonderful women called Lena, who is a very talented cook, come and teach the young women how to make a Trinidadian tradition, ‘Aloo pies’. The girls were able to experience making and trying something they had never tried before, and really enjoyed it. They learnt something new, and were encouraged and blessed by Lena’s positive spirit.

We also had a lovely lady called Elika come and help out. Elika is from Venezuela, so the girls were able to try speaking to her in Spanish, and she is also amazingly happy and creative, teaching everyone how to make some very pretty paper butterflies. Both of these women willingly gave up their time to encourage the young women we work with.

There are so many things that we wouldn’t be able to offer to the young women without our volunteers. If you think you might have a particular skill, or talent you could teach the young women, or if you think you’d be able to volunteer on a more regular basis please get in touch! We’d love to have you.