All started the day I met them the 1st day they arrived Kuching. Coming half way around the world really impressed me when i found out their age. They were between 18 to 25. 3 from England and the other 3 was Dutch. The project was to help build a proper kitchen and toilet for a mentally disabled guy ( slow development of brian), who happened to be an orphan too. He stop schooling at a very young age as he had to take care of his sick family. The 1st time I entered his home, I was crying in my heart. Was wondering to my self how could someone live in this place. The whole hose actually shake when I was walking in it. The toilet and bathroom was in the same room where the old kitchen was. No door, and rotten planks, which was not stable and safe. Eventually this project became personal to me.
Anyways, this group that came, was a fun and interesting group. Young people full of energy and different characters. There was Noelle, Floor and Dylan from Holland. And Emily, Cora and Rachel from England. This project took us 6 days to complete.
The first was the day we started clearing the back of the house which was full of wild plants, rubbish and more hidden treasure underground such as old shoes, shirts, and other things like scorpions, centipedes, spiders and many more. But the group fought their fears and continued clearing. By the end of the day, it was one flat land. And it rained too… So it was not too hot but we all got wet working under the rain.
Throughout the whole week, rain was our biggest enemy as we ware suppose to cement the floor, plaster the walls and it really was a challenge. after 6 days of full hard work, we completed it and in between we did had our own fun by going to the waterfall, swam in the river and enjoying ourselves with the villagers and the children.
Here are some of the photos and a short video on the volunteers point of view. Enjoy.
p/s: I’m really looking forward to another project like this.
The Leap Sends their 1st team to Sarawak to Volunteer on helping a villager who is an orphan and also consider a disabled person who lives alone and has no other close family members to help him repair his home and build a better toilet & kitchen. It personally was a great experience.
This particular group was full of different characters, and they manage to find a way to build up friendship like they have been friends all their life. Getting along well leads to great team work. Good Job guys.
As the project leader I’d like to thank everyone who made this happen and really appriciate all the hard work and effort on this project.