Sunday Afternoon At Shelter Home

Wednesday, 20 April 2005


A small knot of Bantus fellas got together and went to Shelter Home to have a workshop with the kids there. There were all boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age, equal parts enthusiasm and shyness. You couldn't help feeling either tired out or energized by their innocent vigour! Although they were orphaned, abused or abandoned, you couldn't really tell--they were so good-natured, albeit loudly. Here are the two who latched on to me by the end of the visit:



This is timid but inquisitive Jimmy.


And this is Sally, who wouldn't tell me her name and kept insisting that I asked Jimmy for it.

I'm really looking forward to regular visits to this place. Han pointed out that the full-time workers who help keep the home running may treat us with some skepticism, as in we come once in a while to make ourselves feel better, or create publicity for our own use--without genuinely contributing to the home. We hope to erode that with time. Our luxury is that we still have our own lives to lead, and not be bogged down with the more demanding needs of the kids such as disciplining them--but that helps to keep cynicism at bay, I believe.

Families. Precious gems.


#1Gravatar imagekOtAk says:

missed visiting my little friends this time round. MUST go for the next one! 😉

#2Gravatar imageMichelle says:

KOtAk: yeah, some of them were asking for you specifically!

#3Gravatar imageQuecka says:

Yeah good point about the workers there. I give them mad props and I guess I can understand how they would feel a little resentful at a bunch of (comparatively) well off youngsters coming in here and there, having fun with the kids and then leaving them with 20 worked up and hyperactive kids for the rest of the day. Hopefully we can make an effort to be more ‘responsible’ to these kids in the future, I think it will be a win win situation definitely

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