This summer, I made sure to complete my CAS project. Due to the pandemic, many orphanages are in need of basic things such as blankets, food, water and stationeries for the children to go to school. During DP1, I investigated an organization in dire need and I reached out. An Orphanage called ‘Chosen Children’s Home’, was the chosen one. I reached out to family and friends asking for their support in kind and cash. Everyone was so supportive, so I began receiving donations. Meanwhile, planning the presentation day, I did not want to only present the items, but also engage the children in some activities.
One of my sessions with the children was very humbling, as I got to know them better. They shared about their dreams to become doctors, soldiers, pilots, teachers, I was amazed that, despite their current situation, they have big dreams to aspire to be great, to make a difference. That was very touching. They also seemed so content with the little they have, and so eager to enjoy everything about that day.
This was an eye-opening experience for me because I was able to understand the importance of helping those in need. Seeing the children so enthusiastic because of the items I brought was the best things ever! They made me feel so special, and I can do more than I can even imagine. I was also able to come out of my comfort zone as this is the first time I have done something like this on my own. I would 100% do this again. I am now more aware of my surroundings and that many young people like me do not have the opportunities I have. I left there feeling grateful and thinking of my next step in serving others.
Diego-Cristiano Nwokolo – Project Initiator