Baan Jai Dee, The Story of an Orphanage
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” quote by Aesop. Every once in awhile it’s a good idea to take a step out of your life and enter that of another. Not only does it benefit you but it also benefits someone, someone that you might never see again, but someone who you will remember.
During the February break we visited an orphanage called Baan Jai Dee, the experience was eye opening, here’s a video made while at the orphanage.
Baan Jai Dee is an orphanage established by Allan and Sam Schmidt, who both love and care for all the children living at the orphanage. At the time of the visit Allan wasn’t their but Sam along with two other missionaries kept the orphanage on track and running smoothly. Baan Jai Dee, which means home of the kind hearted provides safety, education and much more for the kids staying there. All the kids staying at the orphanage are either orphans, abandoned or relinquished children, with one sometimes even two parents in jail. We stayed at the orphanage for three days, playing with the kids and teaching them about verbs and nouns.
Many of the kids were… happy, they smiled and laughed with us, even though they had been abused or abandoned they still had the will and spirit to smile. This really hit me hard, they decided to let it go and focus on the present, on the future. Their smiles, teasing and games showed me that when things get bad, it will get better, although the experience will live with you forever it will make you stronger.
Staying at the orphanage didn’t only benefit us but it also benefited them. During our stay we cooked spaghetti bolognese with the kids. This way the kids could try new things and find out what they might and might not like. It’s important to try new food because within food lies the story of a culture. By introducing the kids to spaghetti we also showed them that Thai food wasn’t the only food. The kids also enjoyed the cooking part of making spaghetti adding the meat, tomato sauce and the herbs. Little hands fidgeting with tomato cans asking us, “when can I put this in?”.
Verbs and nouns, what’s the difference? Coco, aged around 10 needed help with her reading, she sat down with us and started reading. Our education helped us educate them, which in turn helped them improve their english because they were receiving different explanations than the ones their school offered. Two perspectives are always better than one, and it helped the children by providing them two different sets of definitions, although the same, our definition would be worded differently than that of the teachers.
Having responsibility in the orphanage motivated me to do a lot more than just play with the kids. It’s important because if no one has the responsibility for this little community than who will do anything? Who will educate the kids? Who will feed the kids? Who will play with them? Dividing the responsibilities lessons the load and also ensures that whichever ‘task’ you’re given is done well. This trip really helped see how important it is that everyone does their ‘task’ or responsibility. That communities value individuals but what makes a community is the small interactions between these individuals. The task that each individual is given, when combined amounts to much more work done. We’ll definitely come back because, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Quote by Aesop.
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