One of the hardest things in life is putting emotions and feelings into words.
First and foremost Jusoor is doing a phenomenal job. From the smallest thing this organization is offering to the children to the most important thing in life, they are helping these children in every possible way. I am very pleased to be a part of this Summer program as a volunteer. It is also crucial to mention that before joining the program, I was searching for a volunteering project that would change my life, before changing others’.
Prior to starting the program, I must admit, I was terrified. Terrified of countless things, but to name a few: the idea that they wouldn’t like me, wouldn’t want to listen to me, wouldn’t want to learn rather just enjoy themselves and most importantly I was scared that they would be so hurt that all their thoughts would be revolved around the war in Syria. But the very first day changed everything. I actually met the children, learned about them and more importantly interacted with them. They all welcomed me wholeheartedly and we sang a song that they already knew. Honestly, these children are much better in English than I anticipated them to be. They are quite eager to learn, very interactive and every single one of them participates in class and makes an effort to gain knowledge. It is crucial to mention that Miss Hiba has done an amazing job with them since most of them are up to the level of grade 3, only few though, are having a very hard time learning. After the first shift was over, I was quite relieved and excited to welcome the second. But it didn’t turn out to be the same. The students knew very little to the extent that I started the session by teaching them the Alphabet. They interacted well though. It is worth stating that all the children in this school, without any exception, are very respectful and obedient.
One of my main concerns is the idea of what’s next in the sense that, after they completed grade 4, I’m certain that most of them aren’t even going to attend other schools. So what will happen to them? It is also worth mentioning that some students who are quite brilliant (example Omar Al Mohammad,) should be admitted to another school at least. Another way of ensuring that they will receive the education they need is through sponsors. All of them have bright futures, if they just follow their dreams. I always remind them of their ambitions and that “A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step” and luckily this first step has been provided by Jusoor. I know it might not be very easy to make it possible, but perhaps providing these students with higher education should be the upcoming plan.
Last but certainly not least, thank you Jusoor for this amazing experience. I’m thrilled to have taken part in such an altruistic act and I really encourage everyone to join. They would surely not regret it. Finally, by the end of the program I really wish to have benefited these children in every possible way I could have.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Palig volunteered at Jusoor’s educational centers in Lebanon during July and August as part of the summer volunteer program.