Find my way (Czech Republic)
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the International Association for Youth and Students for Peace – Czech Republic (IAYSP-Czech) organized a service project in the orphanage, Dětský Domov Dolní Počernice. The theme for our project was, “Find My Way.” Since IAYSP-Czech wanted to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on a Quality Education (SDG #4), the program emphasized education of the Heart which started with finding peace and happiness within in order to build a better world for everyone outside. The youth were really active and discussed this topic with each other to find venues to greater happiness!
One of the themes of this event was also sharing the culture of the United States of America. We prepared some presentations about a few states and a Jeopardy game as entertainment. In order to open the hearts of the children, we first played games and sports together. Traditional American food like apple pies, hot dogs, brownies was prepared. In the end, we could create deep bounds of heart with the youth from the orphanage. But IAYSP staff felt they gained much more than what they gave!
A short testimony:
“This weekend spending the time with the kids at the orphanage was such a huge blessing! Regardless of language barrier, seeing them making their best efforts to communicate with us really brightened my day! I got to experience what it means to speak from the heart, it’s not about speaking the same language but if we speak from sincerity and love, that’s what really matters for a bond of love to be created!”
-Mitsusyoshi Orikasa (volunteer from the U.S.)-