Before coming to the Bali centre, I already knew it would be a life changing experience. I have only been here for just over a week, and I could write a whole book about the lifestyle, culture, food, and especially the people. They are so welcoming, respectful and happy. I adjusted to Bali in the matter of a day. There is so much to take in and everyday I learn and appreciate something new.
The children at the IHF Bali centre have taught me the most important thing. They have taught me how precious hands are. The hands in IHF’s logo symbolizes the meaning of Unity. We have volunteers from around the world traveling to create a family at this centre. A safe place for the children to learn, to grow, to dribble a basketball , to hold each other hands. The hands of the volunteers are graciously used to teach, to take pictures, to create memories and most importantly to show a child how to grip a pencil so they can have the chance to be educated and to be loved, everything they deserve.
I had the amazing opportunity to watch the children march in honor of their Independence day which is held on August 17th. They were all perfectly dressed and you could see how proud they were to represent their country. I met this girl at the march named Chayakk Wilya , who was interested on why I was in her small town. I explained that I teach English at an education centre nearby and her face lit up with joy. She will be joining the older class eagerly in hopes of improving her English so she can have more job options in the future.
The centre is located between a Hindu street and a Muslim street, the majority of kids are either Hindu or Muslim here. However, their math and English classes are held together and I strongly believe that it’s so important to teach them at a young age to respect other religions in order to maintain peace. They all have the same hands, some are bruised , some are small, some are big, but each cut on them whether it’s from them falling or playing on the beach full of rocks, marks a story worth telling. Being so young, their hands learn more then their minds.
To celebrate Independence Day , we held a series of different fun workshops. We had outdoor sports games, a jewelry station, a dance station, and a hand crafting station. There were about 100 kids that came, many even after having class here. They were so happy , digging their hands right in the beads, dancing away, and playing field games!
We can all learn the simplest things from kids, I certainly have and I hope you can as well. Even the slightest change, is some change. Let’s continue to spread the joy and love. Be a part of it and « Pass it On ».Nikkita Yadav