December 18th, 2009
Note from Marc Monseau: The following is the third — and final — post from my colleague Angela Chiu based on the time she spent volunteering in Africa earlier this year. As 2009 winds down, and as my family and I gear up to celebrate the holiday season, I thought Angela’s words provided a poignant take on what we can all gain by giving to others.
From Angela Chiu, Interactive Marketing Manager, Vistakon, Hong Kong
Some clips from the work conducted earlier this year:
29 July 2009, Kampala King’s School, outreach activities and distributing gifts
1 Aug 2009, Cherish classroom dedication ceremony
How long did your joy last after getting an iPhone? How happy were you when you acquired a Kindle or a 72-inch plasma TV? We have almost forgotten the joy that we used to have when getting a toy car, a doll, or a basketball when we were small. Over time, especially when we start to accumulate some wealth, value becomes nothing more than an entry in the books. How much meaning does it still carry?
When I looked at the children we visited in Kampala King’s School, Uganda, they had very little compared to us. Their school uniforms were not ironed, their socks were loose and shoes were torn.