Project : Spread the Love
Filed Under: Aftercare, Events, Girls, Inspirational, Reintegration, Restoration, Stories, Thailand
Often an important part of healing happens when one steps outside of themselves and looks to how they can help others. That’s what I want for our rescue girls: to realize that they have something of worth to offer the world. That they are not victims of their circumstances. They can actually dare to dream and are here for a reason.
So we began a class focusing on how we could give back to the community. Within the first couple of weeks the girls had defined humanity’s purpose here on earth as, “To be in relationship with God and with other people. To love, to help, to do good, and to look after the environment”. I think they came up with a pretty amazing definition!
Seeing as Valentines Day was fast approaching we decided to use this opportunity to kick-start the year off and create PROJECT SPREAD THE LOVE. The aim: to meet their definition of human purpose and show love to the community. The girls spent the next few weeks brainstorming what they wanted to do and how they wanted it to look. A few days before Valentine’s Day, they made it happen!
The location was a local school that has over 300 students with intellectual disabilities. The school picked out thirty kids and our rescue girls spent two hours showering them with attention and love (and candies).
To them this looked like games, using crafts to co-create and connect, telling stories, teaching songs, dancing with them, and giving out roses and hand-made cards. During this time, we as staff were blown away at how ‘our girls’ were interacting with these kids. They didn’t shy away when one came up and hugged them for too long, they didn’t run away because the kids looked and talked different. No, our girls embraced them whole-heartedly and formed a connection that they want to continue.
The best part about this project was that it came from the girls, with minimal staff help. It was birthed by them and they sacrificed the time to practice, and the money for supplies. This is only the beginning of their realizing how capable they truly are and the beginning of their transformation into leaders.
Written by: Stefanie G.
Caseworker | Destiny Rescue Thailand