We love to do volunteer work — to make a difference in the lives of the less-privileged children. So we took our first VolunTour to Blessed Homes at Mae Sot, Thailand. Blessed Homes’ orphanages and youth transition centers provide safe harbor for young victims of the conflict in Burma. We were drawn to Blessed Homes by the work of founder Ole Jørgen Edna, as he was instrumental in building three orphanages there.
We have gained much awareness of the plight of people displaced by conflicts created by war — the struggles and hardships they go through, resulting in many broken families and homes. This has caused us to be grateful for what we have in Singapore, and for our family being able to live in peace and harmony. We are grateful for the stability within our country and do not take it for granted that we are indeed in a place of blessing. And that, in turn, we could be a blessing to the people around us who are in need of a helping hand.
Personally, it has opened our perspective of life; it’s more than just making a living. Life is more than just our own existence, and we can make a visible difference in society. It has caused us to want our children to be engaged in VolunTours as well — to see the world bigger than themselves and their immediate familiar surroundings. They, too, can make a difference in this world.