by Marcel, Co-Director, IHF Nakuru
Another week at the center. The Chinese volunteers are gone and new volunteers from Spain have arrived. It is quite cool that you can meet people from around the world while staying in one place, but this is not what I really want to write about. It has been 3 months for me now and it is starting to feel a bit more like home. I mean all the children, staff, directors, and even local shopkeepers – they are all becoming familiar to me in one way or another. There are about 65 children in the center. At the beginning they were more of a group, clustered by old habits and years of friendship, fenced by language barriers, cultures and age differences. It wasn’t easy to gain their respect and trust. Honestly sometimes they can push you to your limits, especially the teenagers. But it’s worth it. When they accept you not only as an international newcomer, but also part of their community – someone worth talking to and listening to. It feels like an achievement. With the smaller children, it’s an even nicer experience. The love they give is unconditional. You can sit in the dining room with paper and a box of coloured pencils and bam: magic happens. In 15 minutes, you are surrounded by smiles, happy chatting, funny faces and colourful pictures,
“Look at me, look at me.”
“Send it to my sponsor.”
Money can’t buy happiness. The past 3 months have been funny. I can only stay for 3 more months, unfortunately. I will surely make the most of them.