For a long time we believed that we have limited abilities and there is very little we can do for minority groups. But after our visits in the past few days, such ideas have started to change in my mind.
We visited some families in Kursa Kebele who have been given solar lamps, and listened to them talking about how the lamps have changed their lives. I couldn’t help but feel really touched.
Things that seem to be more than taken for granted or even deemed unnecessary in our lives, turn out to be life-changing for them. Looking at them talking shyly about how grateful they are for the aid they’ve received, suddenly I feel I do have the ability to help them.
Today we also visited Kursa Primary School. Whilst we were playing different interactive games with the children, we realised that what they need is actually quite simple: A ball, a piece of paper, a simple dance… all these could give them a lot of fun and joy.
In fact, having a kind heart is not as difficult as we think. Sometimes it takes just a small action or a small effort to actually help people in need. Even if you don’t have time to do volunteer work, nor have extra money to make a donation, when you take home a soft toy you like from IKEA, you’re already helping children in remote areas. As for our IKEA coworkers: as long as you’ve contributed to the Soft Toys for Education campaign, you are one of the ambassadors just like us!