For our third CL day, we went to the Beulah Home which is home to about 50 children, most of whom are orphans. There were children from places as far away as Nagaland. Our goal for the day was to clean, scrape and paint the walls of the common area inside the orphanage building.
We started off our day by painting the walls. Mr.Lindeman gave us a few tips on how to paint. First, we cleaned up the parts of the wall that were dirty or dusty. There were still a few arachnids around even after we cleaned up and I even accidentally painted one of them! I enjoyed painting the walls but it did get a bit tiring so I took a short rest whilst doing it. After the painting, we played with the kids which was a lot of fun. We played a game called "Lagori". Playing with the kids was not only fun but a great way of getting to know them. We also played played frisbee with them. The frisbee ended up in a fairly deep hole in the ground and we didn't manage to fish it out!
Our first essential question for the day was, "How can I affectively serve when I am in an unfamiliar place?" Well, I think when you are in an unfamiliar place, it's important to communicate and try to understand the people and the place. When we went out to play with the kids, I asked them what they wanted to play. I also spoke to Ms.Shoba who gave me a lot of information about the orphanage.
Our second essential question was,"Where is the balance between working independently and needing guidance?" When we arrived at the orphanage, we were given tips by Mr. Lindeman on how to go about painting the wall. After that, we all worked independently to get the job done. Working hard!
Our third essential question was,"How can I give helpful advice while also being encouraging?" Well, I think it's always good to give advice as well as receive it. However, its important that it is done in a positive way so that nobody gets offended. Mr.Lindeman is a great example of that!
It was an awesome trip! I enjoyed meeting and playing with the kids. It's also great that we could make a small difference in their lives.I hope the kids enjoy spending time in their bright green common area!
by Alana Ferrer Sangwan