Returning back to India for my first coordinator role. I had previously volunteered in India for three months, shadowing on the medical program before I fully involved myself in the orphanage and Women Empowerment (WE) programs.
Although I had made some wonderful connections with both the children and the women, I wasn’t sure that they would remember me. But true friendships had stuck and upon my return, I was overwhelmed with love and happiness. I have many wonderful moments that arose from this.
One of these was within the first few days of my return. I was taken to the home of one of the girls I had taught English to as part of the WE program. She lived in a slum with her mum, sister and brother. They had very little to offer, but they wanted to thank me for the work and support I had shown her when I was last there. I felt honored.
She had kept everything I had ever taught her alongside a picture of us both. I was overwhelmed with their kindness and was so proud of what the girl had since achieved.