From 16 – 20 February 2009, a group of extraordinary young men and women came to COH to give of themselves and their youthful energy in spending time with our clients and helping our programme staff conduct the activities planned for each day.
These youths were part of a group called Transformers, taking part in SERVE 2009, a Diocesan Youth Board program.
Here they share with us, snippets of their time with us:
“I have learnt to be contented with what I have, to give encouragement to those around me and to be patient with everyone. Even a little encouragement brightens up their day.’
“I will remember this week for the rest of my life’ ~
“In this one week, my perception of the intellectually handicapped has changed. They are neither as helpless nor as boring as I always believed them to be. I am now able to appreciate and love each individual client for whom he or she is as God’s unique creation’
“I realise how stressful it must be for the staff. To continually have the learning of the clients in mind, with every daily task being an opportunity for learning and practising. It truly takes an exceptional person to be able to care for others with this kind of determination and love’
“I have learnt that life does not just revolve around school work. We really do need to get in touch with our compassionate side. We can make a difference in lives of others and our own’
“I have learnt to look for the strengths in people and not just focus on their weaknesses. I also greatly admire and respect the staff at the centre for their desire to help these people’
“Everything we do will affect the world somehow or other but whether we want to make this place a better place it’s up to us’
First Published in Courier of Hope