My name is Steven, I'm very privileged to be able to reside and grow up in first world country where the government provides from subsidising medical bills to providing world class education to its citizen. While studying in a local government school, my school signed me up for an overseas volunteer initiative programme where the school sends senior students overseas to help out in an orphanage. At first I wasn't optimistic or even excited to go the trip because during the trip pre briefing, I was told that some of kids had contracted HIV and other viruses from their parents before they were abandoned by them, I was scared, scared of contracting the virus. (I was 16 at that time and didn't know what HIV or viruses was, other then It kills your if you have it).
My mind changed drastically after I visited the orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During the visit, I was surprised and sad at the same time. The cute little children in the orphanage was so lively and cheerful when they saw us coming from afar, they were excited and had looked forward to meeting us. We brought the children to a nearby mookata restaurant (paid by our school) and had wonderful dinner with them. While having dinner, I learned that some of kids had HIV or other viruses contracted to them from their parents before abandoning them. I was surprised. How can the children be so lively and cheerful even though they knew that their time is limited? Furthermore, the children was delighted with the small present (pencil, pen, soft toys and books) brought them.
Since then, I have always wanted to go back and help out the orphanage as well as to buy daily necessities for them and also as well as to volunteer in not only Thailand but other countries where poverty is still an issues.
I hope that through this fund raising event, i will be able to go back and volunteer at the orphanage and provide a strong infrastructure to their foundation by supporting them in their education needs as I believe that education is the key to exterminate poverty and provide a steady future for the kids and those who are in need.
Thank you for reading, and may God bless you.