During Spring Break, fourteen Waterford juniors and seniors and three faculty members flew to Kolkata, India to take part in service with two different organizations. The majority of the service days were spent working with the Missionaries of Charity organization (founded by Mother Teresa) at two different residences for adults and children with profound mental and physical disabilities. The group also spent time at a girls’ home established to take in girls who were orphaned or cast off from their families.
We were deeply impressed by the incredibly thoughtful and poignant presentations our travelers gave in various venues after they returned home, and we wanted to share three brief excerpts here, along with some photographs.
"It's hard to look at all the poverty and compare it to the scale of our service. To some it may seem like we accomplished nothing. It might feel like we made no difference when looking at the scale of the problems in India. But if we have this mindset, nothing will ever change. Helping that individual in that one moment in time is much bigger than that one moment of time."
-Angelina Peterson, Class XI
"We’ve been thinking about the question of whether or not it’s worth it to spend thousands of dollars to serve in India, and it’s become clear to me that it is necessary to immerse yourself in poverty in order to be moved enough to conduct change. One must see all the horrors: from extreme poverty, to people crippled by leprosy and abandoned in the streets, to child trafficking. It must be in person. It must hit you like a truck and corner you until you have no place to escape to. I think everyone should have that kind of experience in order to spark any sort of change. It is worth it. This is the only way to push yourself to change the world. Hurting like this and becoming overwhelmed by compassion for those who are suffering is where change begins."
-Jess Orvis, Class XII, Community Service President
January 23, 2023
July 26, 2021
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