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April 2013
Volunteer Work
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     Volunteer work is very important for our Home. We are very grateful to all the different volunteers who help us in various ways. In the photo is Jandra, a very kind, skilled, persevering volunteer who exercises great forbearance and patience as she helps children with their school work.

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       It’s not just a question of working for no pay. To be a volunteer is to provide genuine loving care, to get stuck in, to experience what “better to give than to receive” means. A Catalan charitable foundation that helps us is called “Temps i Compromís” (“Time and Commitment”). The name says it all. Giving is not just about money. Volunteers devote time and commitment. And that commitment includes hard work, shouldering responsibility, perseverance… We have so much to be grateful for.

     Our little “Solidarity Army” has various “Special Branches”: the three people who help with school work each week, the families who roll up their sleeves to help with the painting and upkeep of our premises, those of you who mobilise friends to collect food and other products, the business people who organise fund-raising events, those who send us surprise gift packages from distant places, the five wonderful people who translate our web page each month, and so on.

     Our time schedules are limited and our organisation is small. Sometimes we reluctantly have to say no to certain offers. We have to balance out the volunteer workers. For example, lately we have had more people offering help with school work than we can really use. Thank you to everyone who has offered assistance. Thank you too to all the potential foster families, standing by for whenever we might need you. And to our Board members, who have the privilege of freely helping with the running of our Children’s Home. And to the team of carers who cheerfully do unpaid “overtime” to ensure all our children’s welfare. Each one of them really is worth the effort.

    Our photo of the month is a brief message to convey information and our thanks to all those who support and share in the work of our children's home. Thank you.   -Emmanuel Children's Home-
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