Volunteer: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum
On our first morning, I was assigned to work with a group of eight older boys who live together as a family. The highlight of each day was dance time, which took place in the courtyard – an interactive, lively experience with music not to be missed!
The children are well provided for by a team of dedicated caregivers and therapists. Our role was to give extra love and attention to the children who had been abandoned by their own families. ICC is committed to showing them love and care by valuing every individual. Despite the difficulties and demands, I found the whole place infused with a sense of hope.
It was very special to get to know our eight boys who had a range of disabilities. There were some challenging times too as we became familiar with their abilities and behaviour. Blowing bubbles was a favourite activity as well as using big sticks of chalk to draw in the playground. My mum had given me some craft materials to take to Hengyang and one of the boys was very proud of the wool and card basket he made with me!
Being part of an ICC team was a wonderful experience. We had a lot of fun as well as learning from one another, sharing successes and failures in our interaction with the children. I saw the rewards of patience and perseverance and marvelled at how God can use us, even when we feel inadequate. We had two excellent team leaders who guided us through our time and were invaluable when it came to ordering food with “no chilli” in restaurants!
ICC is doing fantastic work among abandoned children and it’s great to be able to talk about it from first-hand experience. The charity organises several teams a year, and it’s something I would certainly recommend to others.