Actually, I still can’t believe I have the chance to write about my little yet have the biggest effect on my life by just one year.
I have been participating in volunteer (and now, I am currently in their core team now) at Inspiration Factory Foundation. It Is the foundation that helps the unprivileged children to have a dream. I met this foundation a year ago through IndoRelawan – a volunteer portal website in Indonesia. Actually, I did some volunteer outside this foundation and also, I did it with the help from IndoRelawan. Then I saw the website and it got me thinking,
Whoa, A foundation that runs in education sector?
Well, I knew that there are lots of volunteer stuffs and help the children for the sake of education. And sometimes, they tend to focus about helping the children to excel in some subject in school, which is really good to me, because not every parent could afford tutor or letting their children in some academy class outside the school. But not this one. This foundation targets on behavior of the children (which I won’t talk a lot about this one, because you need to learn it by yourselves by joining the foundation, lol). And for me, it was so different and unique at the same time.
I want to volunteer and I want to meet kids, but why should I afford some money before it?
My first day in Pulo Gebang
Believe me, even my friends asked this too after I talked about it. Well, of course the money is for the children. And after thinking for a while, the experiences I got is so much valuable than the money I spent at the first time.
There were so many things that I would like to say, but This Foundation and The Kids helped me way too much in a way. I felt that I grew better. Physically. And also, mentally. Last year, I felt like I still found it hard to talk to stranger (especially kids) but hey, look where I am now. and thanks to every volunteer I met through this foundation, without you all, I might be lost as I didn’t learn from you guys throughout our conversation in our not so routine lunch together. And with you all, I am well aware that the world I have been living is just like a water in a pond for that I learned a lot that world is bigger than our experiences.
And the kids. Oh, I might be in tears to tell you guys about them.
Believe me, after months to meet the kids, I learned a lot about them. and I thought, “how can I learned about world more from them?” but somehow, the kids helped me to see the world beyond my eyes. For me I thought I am the one who taught them because the training that the foundation provided told me about the tips and trick to teach the children. Well, they are right because I feel like as a teacher, we need our tips and trick before teaching them. But oh well, the kids taught me more than I taught them.
The way they scream,
The way they fight each other,
The way they cried after fight with each other,
The way they happy,
The way they see the world,
The way they choose to say the words, and
The way they approaching me, hug me, call my name in their high note,
The way they see me like I am their sister,
They taught me to be grateful in everything we had in our lives.
There was one time I remembered I fight with my sister then this kids suddenly mumbling like,
Why is everyone not grateful to have a younger siblings?
Could you believe that sentences is coming from a 8 year old child? I mean like, how do you words like that? How do you think like that? And I felt that her words were that strong because I felt like I didn’t feel that grateful because there is someone who wants to have a sibling but they didn’t have any chance (yet).
And this one got me goosebumps, really one.
There was a time when we learned about “how to not give up easily” in a video, or something I don’t exactly remember, then I asked the kids about what can we learned from the video, and we did some discussions about it then this sentences was coming up from one of them,
Running away doesn’t solve the problem.
I mean, I know at that time I was so in rush with everything, uni stuffs, other stuffs, volunteering (yes, volunteering is good but if you did it wrong, it would ugly), and so on. The way she answered the discussion somehow I felt like she somehow directly asking me that if I am okay or God tell me to not run away but rest a bit through this kid? Believe me, I flustered after she answered me like that. Then I proceed the discussion as they didn’t know I was crushed at that moment.
And well, at that time I felt like she is way beyond me to see the world.
You know, kids sometimes over-active. Way more hyperactive especially when they’re with their best friends. And I remembered one time I was taught to this class, it was so over active as if they’re stole my energy so that they could active all the time. then when we discuss something together, one kid suddenly interrupted me by asking this,
Sis, you must be tired, right?
At that time, I was way more crushed than I ever before. Believe me, kids could make you fall in love and you get crushed at the same time with their innocence words and the looked they gave to you when they said those stuffs.
At first, I don’t think I could fit into their core team because I don’t think I could do that but they told me to try it, it wouldn’t hurt anyone, right? Then they choose me to be a mc.
Can? You? even? Think? Me? As a mc? Lol, no.
May kindness and successful will always accompanying us to wherever we may go.
But here we are, in August, and I could talk to everyone, even stranger in public much better than yesterday.
Even I felt like I talked so good in my presentation for my final paper in uni, because I was training here. Every Saturday. With the kids. With the volunteer. With you guys all.
yes. I was so active and I was so happy (still now) to learn about them and I even sacrificed my Saturday morning which I usually lie on my bed until noon to meet and get to know them more. And there was time when I felt that I am so burn out because I don’t think I have the stock of love I could give to them because I was really low back then. Through ups and downs, sometimes I felt like it’s okay if I felt burn out in Monday until Friday because in Saturday, I could meet them and I got myself a me time in Sunday. By that, I got to learn that no matter how tired you are, if you are doing something that you really love, the tired would be not that hurt.
After doing volunteer for a year, and now I am in their core team now, I feel like for an introvert, I may still find it hard and not every time I can do better in anything, but I overcame it by,
“even though you did it wrong, you already did good”
May kindness and successful will always accompanying us to wherever we may go.
I am so thankful, and grateful to meet everyone through this foundation. Thank you for being such a good manufacture that helped not only just the unprivileged kids, but to those who volunteer too. I hope the foundation would always be the inspiration for everyone everywhere. The world today may be cruel to live in, but there will be always good people to push hard to be better in whatever they do.
And the kids. I hope that you guys get to live in the world you want as if your imaginations told you about the world. It might get ugly sometimes, but I hope it won’t effect to you because I know, you guys are fearless kids! And I hope my generations would be prepare enough for the world that might be better for you. and I thanked you, for taught me in every Saturday meeting. I don’t think I gave love much more than the love you gave me.
and please, kids, don’t let your dream fade away.
Myself. Thank you for growing up well and believing in yourself that even in your lowest point of life, you could still help people, in a way that you can.
click this link for the curiousity :
IndoRelawan : indorelawan.org
Inspiration Factory Foundation : inspirationfactory.org