A week before my ninth birthday, my family and I decided to visit the orphanage, “Prem Dan”. I was very enthusiastic about it even though I hadn’t considered the impact of doing this being a nine year old. We left for the orphanage and arrived there at 10:00 am.
When we got to the orphanage, we were greeted by a lot of cute little children who welcomed us with a warm heart filled with ecstasy. We distributed the noodles and burgers that we took for them so they could have something different than their daily meal, lentil soup and rice. After lunch, we gathered in a big hall and played games like catch, the tug of war, and telephone with them. During this, one child asked me if she could call me her sister and my mother, mom. This moment was very heartfelt and was a turning point in my life. Tears swelled up inside me and that moment was etched in my memory ever since. I wondered what their lives was like without parents, without love and without someone to guide them. I could get a load of how much the time we spent with them meant to them. This thought made my experience with them deeply emotional and for the first time in my life, I felt blissful for doing something for other people.
Seeing those children, with sporadic resources, made me appreciate the copious amounts of things I had and sometimes, took for granted. It showed me that I had a lot of privileges many people don’t and I should use them to the fullest. I also learned something very important about myself – the feeling of sharing and giving joy gives me a feeling of elation.
This experience also made me appreciate the love and support I get from my family and how lucky I was to have them with me.
This trip to the orphanage was of great meaning to me. It showed me the other side of my life and the value of the things I had. Since then I have been trying to give back to the society and help people live their lives to the fullest.