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"Being at Weep Not Child made me realize that I took a lot of things in my life for granted. Seeing how those children live with so little and still being able to smile and be happy made me realize how little material things actually mean"

From august till September I did volunteer work in an orphanage in Ghana (Darmang) called ‘Weep not child foundation’. After I had been in an orphanage in Asebu for a few days I could feel the difference immediately, the children here were more open to volunteers, very loving and the orphanage itself was much cleaner. The children were also younger, the youngest one being 8 months old. I loved my time there; the children were very active and were around you the whole time, brushing my hair was their favorite activity besides hugging and cuddling. My friend and I bought some things for the children almost daily, from candies and cookies to footballs, pencils and notebooks for school. The culture difference was a big eye opener for me, not only to understand their culture, but also my own culture. I felt the difference straight away, people here are very close to each other, racism is a word that they don’t even know and they treat the white people like gods. While in Europe people are colder, who knows his neighbors nowadays? While people from another culture or that have another skin color are being discriminated and sometimes hated instead of being treated like gods.

Being at Weep Not Child made me realize that I took a lot of things in my life for granted. Seeing how those children live with so little and still being able to smile and be happy made me realize how little material things mean. When I came back to Belgium I started cleaning up my room like never before, I threw half of my stuff away or brought the useful things to a secondhand store. Because at the end of the day it is the people around you that you love the most and love you the most that mean the world.

 

Evy Desmet