Thank you for this great time
My heart is filled with an incredible love when I think about the past year. As a volunteer in the Little Flower School near Karkala I have worked, lived and shared my life with a great and incomparable community. Last year (2011) August I arrived from Germany on the campus and hostel. Many children along with the leader of the institution Mrs. Jakin Bin welcomed me in a heart touching way. From that moment on I experienced unforgettable moments with around 80 people including all the staff members.
My job as a volunteer was to take care of the boys of the hostel while bath and cloth wash. In the afternoon I played a lot on the ground, did sporty activities or some creative events with the kids. During the evening I sat next to them in the tuition, helped them in their homework and studies and tried to improve their English.
Not only for the hostel I was giving my service even in the English Medium School connected to the hostel I had the chance to spend the time useful with the students. Every morning I was conducting in an individual way one of the three school buses of the institution. The greatest gift I got from the school was the honour to teach Art / Drawing in the standards 4 to 9. While many different creative works I got to know the personal talents of every single child. Everyone of the 350 students will be kept in my memories for ever.
I never felt like being a volunteer for the Little Flower School and the hostel – I always took it a God given privilege to be a complete member of this Little Flower Family. I thank those who received me with an open heart as their brother, son or uncle.
Due to the familiar character of the institution I'm sure that all the children of the hostel and even the school will be prepared in the right way for their future. Especially in the hostel the children are learning many skills through the life in a big community which makes them unique. The strong family bond is laced by the mother of the hostel Mrs. Jakin Bin and as well every single child with the love to one another.
During my stay in India I got to know what an important role the Little Flower School along with the Seon Ashram plays for the society here. I appreciate the work of the people who are in charge of these institutions. Mr. U.C.Paulose and his family are doing an excellent and dedicated service to the human being.
For me it was definitely the right decision to come to India. I enjoyed my work always with a smile on my lips. Happiness was accompanying me through the whole year because of those who were with me all the time. But not only the service I did, was part of this happiness. Also the aspects which I've learned and experienced were part of it - like the Indian culture, many new practical skills, the needs and struggles of a social institution and the LOVE which can be given by a child.
Once again I would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who made this year to an unforgettable experience for me. It is now a part of my life and it will always be.