Orientation of the new Ebenezer apprentices

Getting the 'hang' of life at Ebenezer

On the 3rd November 2008, the 3rd intake of apprentices arrived at Ebenezer. There were 10 boys and 5 girls.
New intake of Ebenezer apprentices
The new apprentices or 1st years were shown to their dorms and they got stuck right into life at Ebenezer. The Vision of Ebenezer was shared to them again, expectations, Code of conduct and so on. They then assisted the 2nd years in their fields before they worked in team marking out and clearing their plots. The business, joys and challenges of life at Ebenezer was becoming more of a reality for the 1st years. After the first week, most of them went to their home for the weekend to inform their parents of what was happening at Ebenezer and to bring things to make their lives more comfortable.

New apprentices clearing their plots
A team from Family Impact came for a one and a half day session with the 1st years and did Choose Freedom. What is Freedom being the excellent introduction by the team. As Charles Kingsley puts it; “False freedom leaves a man doing what he wants but true freedom, what he ought to do”. Other sessions that followed were on Self-image, Communication, Family, Love and Understanding and escaping AIDS. Lighter moments were the exciting game of Chair-ball and the different energizers.

Apprentices and the Family Impact team playing Chair-ball

The 2nd week has since come and gone for our 1st years and this is what a few had to say:
Cuthbert Dube, 18 years. Life at Ebenezer is FINE. I’m clearing the plots and enjoying it very much. Working in team is good. I’ve made friends with all the 1st years.

Thubelihle Dube, 18 years. I have enjoyed my 2 weeks at Ebenezer especially working with my friends and telling jokes. I’m enjoying the spiritual and business lessons so far. Agriculture is okay.

Proud Moyo, 19 years. It’s good to be at Ebenezer. I’ve enjoyed Ebenezer’s approach of working in team to clear the fields. As for the lessons, I LOVE the spiritual lessons. Without the spirit, there is no life.
What a great start to LIFE at Ebenezer. This new intake of apprentices seem to be really serious about their businesses.
Written by Molly Manhanga

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