Visiting an orphanage is an experience of its own, and a complete life changing moment. It is the moment we come to realize how fortunate we are—and the moment we drift over insignificant things to reconnecting with our own sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.
On Wednesday April 31st, Ven. Adicca and Ms. Moe Moe organized a visit to an orphanage, “God’s Grace” located in Nakawuka, Wakiso district. The visit was accompanied by Ven. Sadharakkhita, Long Pee and our volunteers Srijuth, Andrew Mukomazi, Andrew Bakaki, and Moe Moe Zaw.
On our arrival, we were stunned by the warm-heartedness of the little cute children aged between 4 – 15 years. Their faces were happy, which reminded us of our own brothers and sisters, sons and daughters we always smile or laugh with at home—we felt connected.
We first had a meeting with the directors of the orphanage. Andrew Bakaki introduced the guest group to the directors, introduced meditation to both teachers and directors of the orphanage, and invited Srijuth, one of our volunteers to share his experiences in meditation and mindfulness practice. He gave an analogy of a glass of dirty water—if you have a glass of dirty water, you let the water still to allow the dirty sit at the bottom. When the water/glass is still, the dirty on the bottom, you can put a straw in that glass of water and drink the clean water on the top. “This is also how our mind is. The mind is full of mental dirty—such as worries, stress, hate, anger, depression and so on. If we bring the mind to stillness, we can enjoy all the fruits that it carries with it.” The message in this analogy sunk deep into the minds of the directors. Sayadaw Adicca then, gave some beginners’ instructions to meditation and a short session of guided meditation was offered.
Afterwards, we were introduced to the children, who were eagerly waiting to smile with us, to be carried, but curious to know why some of us worn in burgundy-like robes. Some children asked “who are those wearing bedsheets?” And some after retorted they wanted to be like monks. They were well-behaved, cooperative and keen to learn, receive whatever we had carried for them.
We took out the gifts we had carried for them and offered them to the directors including exercise books, pens, pencils and clothes. We also offered biscuits to little kids—and we could see the happiness marveled all over their beautiful faces. What was so striking is the sense of selflessness they exhibited in front of us—they live in one family.
Most of the children in orphanages in Uganda, live as the day comes and goes—hopeless, desperately waiting for anyone who may come with some gifts and food for them. Visiting this orphanage (God’s Grace) and spending a few moments with these children furnished us with a feeling of gratitude in wherever we are. It’s when you go to the world of scarcity that you learn that actually you live in a world of abundance. You start to appreciate every little thing or moment in our lives—this is a long-lasting imprint we live to cherish. We learned a lot of things, gratitude, compassion, giving and patience.
We would like to invite every one of you to support our next orphanage visit. You can engage in this activity by way of donating your time, money, clothes, or food, or anything that comes from your heart for the wellbeing of our fellow brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.