| By Binal Patel |
The visit to HOREC- Joska- home to about 45 children, was my first COP activity; what a fulfilling experience full of great memories it was. Very few things can compete with the pleasures one gets from touching somebody else’s heart. The moment I entered the place, I had a cocktail of emotions embrace me; I felt both happy and sad. Laying eyes on the beautiful smiles on the children’s faces and the sound of their laughter and joy warmed my heart. On the flip side were the tales of their past life and how they became part of HOREC. For example, imagine a new born baby, barely a few hours old, abandoned in the bushes, umbilical cord still attached!- no caregiver, no clothes, just the discomfort of thorns and thistles and blank stare of the sky upon this innocent soul. HOREC has given life to many such orphans, with a significant majority being HIV positive. I felt mesmerized by the opportunity to share love and care on that day.
We received a heartily welcome from the HOREC children, soaked in a few poems and Bible Verses. As time passed by, we had lots of fun and experiences with the children. Playing, singing, dancing, cooking and eventually sharing a meal with the children was part of the memory that will never fade. They performed few dances and acrobatics to express their happiness and showcase their talent. This joyful moment was filled with laughter and cheer. Simply observing their talent makes you feel happy and wish you could spend as much time with them as possible.
Visiting the orphanage was a life changing experience, which made me to start appreciating the little things in life. I believe, that it is at such times that an individual gets to tide over the insignificant and immaterial things and appreciate the bigger picture.
I am thankful to COP for letting me be part of the family and giving me this great opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life.
Binal is a 2nd year Srathmore University student pursuing Bachelor of Commerce