by Bistra Kumbaroska on 5th October, 2011 at 6:28 AM CEST
One of the world’s most famous humanitarian Mother Teresa was born in my home country, Macedonia. I believe that for most of the Macedonians, as well as world citizens, she was a role model to praise and learn from in so many areas. Why am I mentioning Mother Theresa?
To be honest, the new QC Youth for Youth, flash-backed my school years and student life in Skopje, Macedonia’s capital city, the times when life was enough just as it was, and books were never enough as I was always hungry for more. Times when we could just “have it all”: partying, studying, hanging out... not so serious in our intentions, not so sure in our future, simply young and free, and a little bit crazy :)
But what this has to do with Mother Theresa and the new QC?
Those were the same days when with a group of friends, we decided to teach English to children from the closest orphanage. Yes, in the middle of one of those student parties, we were taking about life, values, childhood, doing something meaningful... and here we were, a group of English language and literature dpt students, eager to practice our theoretical knowledge and give free lessons in English. So why not choose the orphans, the young people who are certainly hosted well but still have restricted social life? And you know what, we did it. We organised it together with the orphanage manager, gathered a group of 15 youngsters and gave them few lessons full of funny stories, games, ice breakers and interesting conversations.
We connected. After few months, just before Christmas, I paid another visit, bringing some clothes I didn’t use and few New year gifts for the children. They still remembered me. Their eyes shined like I was Santa Clause, although I was not dressed as so. One cute boy asked me:
- Have you heard of Mother Theresa?
I said yes.
Do you think she was helping people since she was young? Since she was a child? - the boy added.
I smiled and hugged him. He was right. Everything started at some point in time, probably with a small step. Evolution is not only for species, but also for ideas. When the small steps become global steps, then we’ve created a movement. If the movement is strong and persistent, it will surely make an impact.
But, let me get back to the present and ask you something right now:
Shall we make an impact?
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