Third "Intel" Volunteer Group
Not long after the second group of volunteers from "Intel" came to help us at the Children's Home, we got the welcome news that another group of 13 volunteers were coming to finish the work started by the first two groups.
The painting was almost complete, so the news of this new group could not have come at a better time. They arrived at 9 AM full of energy and desire to do as much as possible in the time allotted them.
A few hours later, when the rooms looked white and tidy, one of the boys who had joined the volunteers in their work said joyfully, "Now that my room is clean I will try to keep it that way and ask my friends not to mess it up...." what a simple, well-known truth!
The "blue shirts" with the "Intel" logo have already become familiar at the Children's Home. After lunch the children and the staff went to check out the dormitories that had been worked on, to see the changes for themselves.
"How much effort and resources we saved." said Uri David, the director of the boarding school in a somewhat broken voice. "There is no budget to bring about this wonderful upgrade. We are not just talking about a change in the physical look but a change in the whole atmosphere and even in the attitude of the children. They are aware first and foremost of the volunteering aspect. They see people with a great love in their hearts coming to help, no strings attached. For them it is a gift, and their very sensitive souls are touched by these outstretched helping hands, sometimes entirely sub-consciously." After thinking a moment David added: "We are very lucky."
Indeed, the "benefits" and "rewards" of such unconditional giving are illusive. Apparently they are hidden within us. Sometimes sub-consciously...
More than anything else, the following charming pictures taken by Avner and Shira manage to show the human side of this special day.