During the community event with the Kidsread children, I met and interacted with the kids and found that flame in my soul lighting up again. Because it was during an overseas community service trip to an orphanage a few years back that I purpose to make community work a part of my life.
Since then, we welcomed 2017, a brand new year. A new year is when many people make their new year resolutions, hoping to achieve something in the new year. Some people have just one or two resolutions, some have as many as ten. For some, their new year resolution never change from year to year.
I thought about what I wanted to achieve for the new year.
Rather than wait and wait and hope for something to happen, I plan to make community service part of my new year resolution. I’m looking to go on an overseas community service trip at the end of the year. But I don’t believe in just offering handouts because that will not allow those we are serving to break out from the poverty cycle. People need to be empowered to take charge of their lives and make decisions for themselves. Therefore, during my community trip, I plan to impart basic business skills (such as writing a business plan, budgeting, etc), organise a business competition for the youths and then support them with some seed money to get their business idea started.
This is going to be a new challenge for me since I’ve never led a team overseas to do community service, but I’m excited about this initiative. I’m looking for a team of about 10 people to do this together at the end of the year. If you’re keen, do let me know.
In fact, this could be a good time for you to think about your own new year resolution. Would you make service a part of it?