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Esperienza di una giovane che ha vissuto una settimana di volontariato in thailandia

August 20-27, 2012, seven people, four girls, three boys and a priest. We were composed of 3 different cultures: Japanese, Filipino, and Brazilian. This means we have our own beliefs. We may be different but we came to Thailand as one, with one goal which is to volunteer.

Some of us met each other for the first time. This is exciting for me. I love meeting new and different people. This means a chance to make new friends. Meeting them was a blessing. I thought, after our volunteer experience, when we come back to Japan, we will continue our own respective lives and what happened to Thailand will remain as a good memory. But I was wrong. What we shared and had in Thailand were all taken with us. When we came back I had to face my school work and most of them were so generous enough to help me and we all finished it just in time. We keep in contact up until now. We texts and call each other when we have a problem or just to say "hi! How are you?" I hope this friendship that we had will last forever. Through thick and thin, through good times and bad. Since this friendship was built by God`s grace.

During our one week stay in Thailand, we met different people. Like the children, the staffs, the nuns, the priests and many more amazing people. There was really no problem with me staying there like the food or our place to stay. Everything was enough; everything for me was so familiar and comfortable. I honestly love everything about there but most especially, I love the fact that we had to have our mass every day. Even before we came to Thailand if possibly, I really make sure to attend the mass every Saturdays or Sundays and in Thailand every day we got to have our own mass and maybe that's one of the reason why I love our stay there and why each day was full of happiness and you can really feel the grace of our almighty God. One more thing that amazes me was every morning we got to eat our breakfast together with the kids. We pray together and finish our food together. It feels like we were a one big happy family. At 6:00 am in the morning, though for us it was really very early to eat our breakfast, we must be at the food place together with the kids. But when we were walking our way to the place where we will eat, the kids were running towards us and gave as the sweetest smile and the most huggable hug ever.

We start our normal schedule/routine with a prayer and ends with a prayer. That's what I really love about there.

Before I went to Thailand I was like a girl waiting each day to end. I was like a zombie. I wake up, go to school, want to go home as early as possible and sleep. That's my boring routine. Before I came to Japan I was a happy and simple girl full of dreams. And when I came to Japan and all the things happened, all the stress, pressure, home sick and everything, the simple and happy girl turned grey. I become quiet, sad, emotional, sensitive, and afraid to take risk which I am really not. There`s a song called I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz and I keep on listening to it when I feel sad or when I feel down. I would like to share it. My favorite part of the lyrics goes like this:

" 'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No, I won't give up"

"I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make

Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts we got Yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end you're still my friend, at least we did intend for us to work We didn't break, we didn't burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I've got, and what I'm not
And who I am."

Like the song`s title said: I won't give up! I will also not give up coz God know I'm tough enough! ;)

Volontariato nelle Filippine 2009

5 - 12 Gennaio, 2009

Volontariato nelle Filippine

Testimonianza di un giovane giapponese che ha vissuto un'esperienza di volontariato nelle Filippine organizzata dal PIME.

La prima cosa che mi ha sorpreso arrivando nelle Filippine è il numero delle persone che si incontrano. Ad esempio, in Giappone, durante il giorno, i ragazzi vanno a scuola, mentre alla sera stanno in casa. Al contrario, nelle Filippine, durante tutta la giornata, in genere, i ragazzi stanno fuori casa, soprattutto i ragazzi poveri. Li troviamo nei grandi supermercati, negli slums, negli ospedali, ecc..


Se penso a quello che ho vissuto nelle Filippine per una settimana, devo dire che ho imparato a conscere i miei limiti e la mie debolezze. Non conscendo l'Inglese non ho potuto comunicare liberamente con le persone del luogo. I poveri, le persone che stanno per morire, i tanti bambini incontrati, per tutti loro non ho saputo fare e comunicare niente. Proprio per questo ho pensato sempre alla debolezza della mia persona. Nonostante tutto questo, nella settimana passata nelle Filippine, ho imparato a sorridere. Questo grazie alla gioia, alla felicità dei ragazzi filippini con cui ho vissuto, anche se brevemente. C'è poi un'altra ragione per cui la settimana passata nelle Filippine è stata per me di grande aiuto. È la stata la presenza e l'aiuto dei giovani giapponesi che con me sono venuti nelle Filippine. La loro presenza, il loro sorriso, sono stati un grande conforto in questa settimana di volontariato nelle Filippine. Soprattutto l'ultima sera, nella quale abbiamo condiviso un pò della nostra esperienza, è stata una serata indimenticabile.


Adesso, tornando in Giappone, se devo dire che qualcosa è cambiato nella mia vita, posso dire che ciò che fino a questo momento è stato per me fonte di divertimento e di gioia, adesso non lo è più. Mi spiego. Nelle Filippine, il lavoro, la vita vissuta ogni giorno, sono in se stessi fonti di gioia e motivo di vita. Questo per me è stata una grande scoperta e mi ha fatto capire come la vera gioia è un'altra cosa da quello che ho sempre pensato e, senza accorgermene, ha reso vuoto il mio cuore. Pensandoci bene, vivere come cristiani vuol dire solo rispondere all'amore di Dio.

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