newsletter June 2009
Location: Medan, North Sumatera Donor: ADRA International
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is an independent humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the specific purpose of providing individual and community development and disaster relief. Locally registered, ADRA serves people without regard to their religious association. It simply helps people in need, especially those most vulnerable such as women, children and the elderly.
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LESSON FROM BAIT ALLAH ORPHANAGE By: Allisya Permata Sari
“I thank God for an opportunity given by ADRA to Master Guide class to work together in a social activity at Bait Allah orphanage. I was so happy when I heard about this news. I’m really eager to know how the condition of an orphanage. The first time I arrived at that place, I was very enthusiastic. I’ve never visit any orphanage house before and it was my first experience. When I saw their faces, I was touched. The children who live there never feel love and affection from their own parents. I ‘m very lucky for living with my parents and feel their love to me. I feel guilty for not obeying my parent’s advice in contrast many children out there needs advice from their parents when they do mistakes. When we were assigned to clean their dormitory, I felt emotional sensitivity with their living condition; dusty and messy, while my self like to grumble about my room even though my room better than theirs. Many things are very different from my living condition. Though their room is not comfortable enough but they are always happy to live there.
I saw a little boy whose name is Yohannes. He is the youngest child among all the children live there. Imagine, a baby boy like Yohanes never feels love and affection from his parents. His parents left him in the orphanage because they aren’t able to take care of him. Children of Bait Allah orphanage have many talents. They are singing very well, drawing, coloring and playing music beautifully. If only they had a mean to develop their talents. We can’t do many things to help them, but our energy, time, laugh and happiness to share with is more than anything else”.
ADRA has provided trainings in partnership with master guide class to teach the 107 children about personal and environmental hygiene, keeping one’s health by avoiding the use of drugs and tobacco.
Gifts were given to them too, such as, personal hygiene kits and seeds for vegetable gardening. Different activities through peer education program has helped children like Allisya to reach out to other children in their simple way.