Sunday, March 26, 2006

A Fruitful Afternoon

This afternoon after my church service, I joined two of my hospital nurses for community work and healthcare screening for a group of orphans in the orphans home. There are few volunteers from other private hospitals and clinics joining the programme as well. The healthcare screening is held by volunteers two to three times a year for each orphan homes.

I participate in the healthcare charity work previously for adult. This is the first time I go for healthcare screening in orphans home. Not all the children there are orphans, some are from broken famillies. Quite a number are orang asli or native's children. The children there are very cheerful and their age range from 3 years plus to young teenagers. The children in this orphan home are very well taken care of. I heard the care takers telling me one of the children (orang asli) whom I happened to see, ate sands initially when he just came. He is very malnourished and underweight initially with bloating stomach and prolapsed anus. He looks very small for his age with stunted growth. Following deworming, there are so many ascaris worms in his body that the worms started climbing out from his mouth and nostril cavities/nose etc. Not a nice scene to look at (I mean the worms). But thank God he is now well taken care of... If he continued on staying with his family, he might had succumbed..

Toward the end of the session, all the children (around 50 of them altogether) came to shake our hands and said "Thank You" to us as a gesture of appreciation. This is indeed something very touching and very rewarding. A sincere smile, a sincere gesture of appreciation and a simple thank you from their heart really are something very meaningful to me :) I hope to see them again soon. I will participate more frequent in the volunteer healthcare works in the future.

14 comments:

Selba said...

Oh my... eating sands! so sad...

Long time ago, when I was quite active in the church organization, I visited orphan house, nursery house, and hospitals. Most of the time, it's really heartbreaking to see how those people have been going through with their lives.

day-dreamer said...

Doing charity is a feel-good thing, especially if people say a simple "Thank you". That "Thank you" is way better repayment than $$, don't you think so?

Chen said...

selba,
yeah, there are lotsa unfortunate children out there who are deprive of many things...

It is good that we still have a caring society. It is warm to see there are people who cares for them, donating food/clothes/money to those unfortunate ones and visiting/talking/playing with them..

day dreamer,
True :) And sometimes a simple helping out gesture might doesn't mean anything to the person who offer but might mean a lot to the person who receive.

slurp! said...

good to hear that you are making the world a little better. it certainly will help to enrich your experiences.

charity means giving unconditionally without expecting any returns / repayments. that should be the correct mindset when one is doing charity :)

Cynthia said...

Good on ya! Salute to those ppl who use their medical knowledge to help other ppl =)

Furkids In Hong Kong said...

Good on you doc! As you've said, very few things in the world, if anything, is more rewarding than to be able to help and cheer up others.

Cream wishes she could have done charity work with you!

Keep up the good work doc!

Daniel Yiek said...

Proud of you!

Thao said...

Your story made me feel so sad, but at the same time happy, too. Sad because there are still plenty of kids who need help, and special care, but happy that there are still plenty of people like yourself helping them. It's really a hope for this world.

I am looking forward to doing something similar soon...

Alicia said...

it's always a nice thing to do to help the others.. like even helping the blind when u saw them..

Selba said...

You wont believe me if I tell you this, there's a market (few years ago) around Jakarta's China town, a lot of people were selling used clothes which supposed for donation. It came in big bulks from Japan. So those donation never got to the people who need it.

cooknengr said...

what's up Doc. Nice that you can contibute to the society. Orphanage and Salvation Army both scared me during my childhood as my parent took me there for a visit and told me " 你不听話,氣死爸爸媽媽以後就住在這里".

carcar said...

[the need is the call] i'm glad you can see this calling in the real life, and gave your helping hand!

keep up the good job sista! am so glad for you! by touching the life of a kids today, changing the society for tmrw!

FH2O said...

Good on you doc! :)

Chen said...

Hi everyone,
Yeah, each and everyone of us can do something to make a difference. If everyone has a caring and loving heart, the world will be a nicer place to live in and definitely will be more peaceful :)


Selba,
It's sad to read about that but I guess this happen everywhere. Just as we don't know what actually happened to the tsunami fund and donation.. Whether those money were really channeled to the correct place or inside some irresponsible or selfish individuals' pocket??