It’s Wednesday morning. We all gather in the theater to watch the six of our english students who are about to head out on an exchange to Slovakia and Poland. It does not seem like Monday had been a tense day for the 200 plus children that walk in and wave at us. Their smiles brighten up our moods while we are still processing the happenings of less than 48 hours earlier. The heavy shootings, the boy of 19 that did not survive and what we had experienced during that day being in the middle of it all.
The performance starts and we all enjoy it especially because everybody is here and there is so much happiness. As Diana says: “a new day is a new beginning”, and this is how our children survive. This is how they live and are able to walk into the theater happily, despite horrible things happening in their surroundings. The result of Monday was their school closing earlier, having to be picked up from school by their parents due to safety matters and losing a friend, family member or acquaintance due to a war between the gang and the police.
Our children master the art of living in the moment and celebrating life whenever possible. Meanwhile we are there amongst them in the theater, admiring their strength to carry on, powered by our passion to help these children. We mingle, copy their behaviour and are feeling blessed from our head to toes. They teach us how to deal with their reality and we empower their talents to create a brighter future with a safer reality. Is there any better encounter possible in such a tense and complicated time? We doubt it. Written by Iris Ferwerda, Intern / Funds & Relations Manager