Resilience, relationships, reflection....
What an incredible experience already. I have learned so much from these incredible YMAD teens and children in our village school. Let's start with resilience . I have watched a transition occur in these teens over the course of ten months, but nothing quite as significant as the amazing change that began when we boarded the plane in Salt Lake. After several days of long exhausting travel, we arrived in Jibhi -exhausted, motion sick, and lacking many, many bags and supplies. There was plenty of reason for complaint- but there was not one word of negativity uttered. They hit the ground running and haven't stopped. I was particularly impressed to see the six teens in my group teach the first day of workshops without any of the supplies they were used to or needed. They were incredible!
Now, onto relationships: YMAD teens building great new life-long friendships with each other, watching in awe the relationships that have been made between YMAD leaders and the contacts here in India, the team leaders with their teens, and most importantly the relationships between the YMAD teens and children in the village schools that will forever impact the lives of both parties.
Listening to the buzz following every activity that takes place lets me know how everyone involved in this trip will forever be changed, including myself. As I reflect on the experiences here, I feel so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this life changing work. I can't help but wonder what else I can do to make a difference.
Team 007 has a motto: "Be the Change". I can guarantee you the members of 007 are fulfilling this motto. The same can be said for the children and people here in India. We will forever be changed.