The picture above may look ordinary, but it signifies a day well spent for all of us students on the second day of our Melaka trip. It was a day where we were given a second chance to be a blessing to a small community – one which comprised of people who had been given a second chance as well, a second chance at having a home, love and a family.
But, let us not skip the details of our journey today. We shall rewind the clock and give you a blow-by-blow account of what happened.
Rise and shine! The morning of Day 2 in Melaka began with a spread for for royalty!
Many of us went for second, third and for some, fourth helpings! As seen from the photographs, the number of plates on every table outnumbered the number of people seated around it! (Shoutout to @HattenHotel for their 5-star standard breakfast!)
Satisfied and energised, we headed off to Pusat Jagaan Kanak Kanak Harapan (an orphanage) for our Values-In-Action (VIA) Project. We were to entertain the children and decorate their home to make the environment more pleasant for them to stay in. We did our planning prior to the trip and on the night of Day 1, we submitted lists containing the logistics we needed to our instructors, who purchased them so that we could carry out our activities.
Armed with all that we needed, we headed off to our destination. When we arrived, the person-in-charge told us a little about the children there and their stories. The one that I am sure all of us would remember was about a five-month old baby boy, Aaron.
He was abandoned at this home by his parents right after he was born! Some of us were shocked, some were upset and some just felt pity for this baby boy. As we went about our day, the story of Aaron and the other children made us think more deeply about our views of home, love and family.
After the briefing, we went about our day and executed our plans to beautify the orphanage.
Even though the next activity shown in the pictures below was not in the plan, some of us willingly rose up to the occasion and helped to clear some rubbish and bulky items that were blocking one of the walkways in the orphanage.
We carried out our responsibilities well, much to the delight of our teachers and facilitators.
Unfortunately, we faced some difficulties which threw us off schedule. We were supposed to have finished our murals by lunchtime before the children returned from school, but we were running late. Still, we went off for lunch and came back with a new game plan for a second shot at being a blessing to the people in this orphanage. We slit ourselves into three groups as seen in the first picture below this paragraph. While some of us got back to work on the murals, the others entertained the children who had returned from school.
Finally, we were done and could all give our full attention to the children!
We had a ball of a time!
After all that hard work, we went for a good dinner and had our debrief.
Looking back, we were thankful that we cherished the second chance we had to complete the objective we set out to achieve, and managed to do a good job to bless the orphans and their caretakers.
It was a tiring but fulfilling day which left us with much food for thought. Along with our dinners, we will take some time to digest all that we had seen and experienced today, and learn the lessons we can learn from this experience. For now, we are going to rest up for an exciting activity all of us have been anticipating – the amazing race at Jonker Street, a well-known tourist site in Melaka! Until tomorrow, good night! This is 2T1, signing off! LIGHTS OUT!