Kindness costs nothing.
‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’
Light of the world refugee school, Serdang – Malaysia. A place of home for many of these children, and a place that changed my perspective on life.
These refugee children do not have a chance to join public schools, so this is a means to make them more employable so they can fend for themselves.
They come from all over, including Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq – and even local stateless children who could not get admitted into schools.
Most of these community centres cannot even afford to pay rent, let alone teachers – and therefore rely solely on volunteers to teach, and locals to donate.
What strikes me most is how little they have, yet their smiles express so much more. Ann, Rebecca, and I volunteered to teach these children and I think it taught us more than it taught them.
Their “school” was an empty platform above abandon buildings, equipped with just tables, chairs and a whiteboard.
I was in awe as I watched their little faces light up when they read English, or got a maths equation correct. I couldn’t help but get emotional most of the time as I thought about how easy I had it when it came to education. A class room, a playground, computers, books and basic writing essentials.
The feeling of making an impact on another soul makes me feel content beyond words. Often in life we get so caught up in our day to day, we forget to be thankful. So, be thankful for the small things, big things, and everything in between.
We have two hands for a reason. One to help ourselves, the other to help others.
Be the reason someone smiles today!