I have done my research and I have thought a lot about the life of a street child in Nepal, or in abusive orphanages, as some are.
I don’t have some romantic denial of how it will be when I get there. I’m not going to ‘get anything back’. I will be going because I believe that every child needs to know that there are some people who will treat them with respect, and because they deserve to be treated well – regardless of what they do in return.
I know these children will be deeply untrusting, highly suspicious, will probably lie, steal if they could, will not trust me and I don’t believe it will be all hugs and like some D grade TV movie.
I’m expecting to be treated the way they treat anyone else – but will still offer them respect and care anyway.
No child should have to endure a life of only adults who use, abuse and treat them like they have no worth.
I want to show them a little of how they should be treated. Because the more that do this, the better. Some will say it is a waste of time. But, no child and no effort is ‘ever’ a waste of time.
I will be doing this for them. Not for me.
There will be nothing in return I am expecting, except for feeling deeply sad for these children. It will hurt my heart and soul to see these children and how they live and see what life and people have turned them into.