They became my children as they found a place in my heart
Tia (teacher), are you leaving as well? “Yes sweetie, tomorrow.” That is so sad but tia, you are coming back right? “Yes, next year!” Ohh that will take a while….
Yes it will take awhile before I see all of their faces full of joy again. When entering EduMais I didn’t keep in mind that I also had to leave again. If you asked me what my dream job would be I said: working in a conflict area with children at a non-profit and this is what I got as an internship without expecting it at all. Sometimes I was overwhelmed by the situations I ended up with. Building up a bond with every single one of the children. Laughing with them, disciplining them and sometimes even comforting them when their day was full of tears. It got me in situations where I had to swallow my tears away, being aware of the privilege to get to know and experience them and their surroundings.
They became my children as they found a place in my heart, proud of every single one of them which let smiles appear whenever possible.
Our children are one of a kind, scared and formed by their surroundings and experiences which make them unique. It causes many moments of joy but it also brings difficulties. When you are trying to make a change there is a struggle. When you notice the change, throughout the months, all the difficulties you had fade away. That one girl who never wanted to enter the class asks if she can please stay longer. When the boy who is always trying to challenge you falls into your arms for help or to dry his tears. They touched my heart, they let me find my strength and happiness within a job. I became a different person by finding the one thing that lets everything else fade away. It makes me want to continue helping and so I do because EduMais is the change they need and I am so grateful to help. Written by Iris Ferwerda former intern, now Relations Manager at EduMais