On 8 July 2012, 29 volunteers of the Green Team, officially formed after the Technology and Leadership Youth Camp – GCE in June came and offered donations to abandoned children and the elderly at the Social Welfare Center in Thai Nguyen city. In the morning, the volunteers went to the center at 8 A.M, then they divided into 6 groups to visit all rooms in the center.
Caption: The Volunteers Visting the Social Welfare Center
There are a lot of abandoned children, particularly many HIV infected ones! Trang, a volunteer said: “This is the first time I have come here. I met a lot of disadvantaged people, they really need support and empathy from us. I will never forget this special experience.”
Caption: Sense of Sibling: The Volunteers and the Abandoned Children
In addition, the volunteers also visited the elderly who are not taken care of by their off springs, most of them are at the age of 80. Our students talked with them. A volunteers even played the guitar and sang the “rain story” song for them to enjoy. There was no distance between them.
Caption: The Volunteers and the 84 year old grandma
The volunteers decided to pay a visit to the center every month so that they can help and share with people there on a regular basis. This will create a movement and a campaign to reach other students’ attention. More and more high school students in Thai Nguyen city are interested in what the GCE campers are doing. Tung Nguyen, a bookworm and a promising mathematician, wrote in his group blog https://leadglass.wordpress.com: “When becoming a high school student, I simply thought that I only need to work hard and to get high scores so that I can be accepted to a university. But I am aware that there are a lot to do when I permit myself being social with others. I will never forget the moment, the moment I became a volunteer…”
What the volunteers did may be the first start on their journey to happiness. What they learned from the visit to the disadvantaged people are empathy, social responsibility, and humanity. Hopefully, this program will last for many generations of youth and create a great impact to local people around.
Caption: Happiness Comes from Giving