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March 17th, 2014

Love

This week at Girls Club was an opportunity for the young women to show off their artistic skills as we painted some beautiful canvases. The girls were asked to come up with a word that was important to them, such as ‘family’ or ‘hope’, and produce a painting based around that. Some of the girls chose to paint the names of friends, pets or things they liked. However, the most popular word was ‘love’. This led to some interesting conversations about who we love, the different kinds of love and what the point of loving relationships are.

Part of Canaan Project’s vision is to see young women who are able to ‘build and maintain healthy relationships’. By this we don’t just mean boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, but that is an important part of it. We want young women to feel they are able to confidently make choices about the relationships they get in to, to know what they are comfortable with and to know how and when to choose to just leave it. We want the young women to know that they are just as beautiful and as valuable whether they are in a relationship or not. It’s a conversation that we keep coming back to and we aim to keep the dialogue going.

The activities we do, crafts, cooking, nail painting and games are a lot of fun. But they are also, more importantly, an opportunity for us to explore different and sometimes difficult subjects, ideas and thoughts with the young women.

So, with this is mind, it’s back to planning some more activities for the girls as we come up to the Easter Holidays.

Tessa