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.