To outsiders, before our trip, there was a lot to be planned among the girls and the mothers. Every 3-4 weeks, we would meet altogether and discuss plans for the trips, fundraising ideas, etc.
At our last meeting before our departure, Tsipy asked us to reflect on one thing we have learned from our experience so far working together to prepare for our service learning trip. She offered to go first:
Tsipy: You guys can conquer the world. If you have a vision, you can make it happen. You guys have already done so much to support the children at the Children’s Village—and you haven’t even arrived yet! I also really appreciate the involvement of all of your mothers who all have different talents they have brought to the table in helping to raise funds for the Children’s Village and supporting your participation. I give so much credit to Trinity’s vision: she wanted to return to the Children’s Village after her experience there last year: and she was determined to bring a group of other high school students. What an amazing group you are!
Trinity: I learned that as an individual what a difference you can make, especially you Tsipy. I am so inspired by you and can’t wait to return to the Children’s Village.
Clara: I learned that when you put yourself out there, so many people are willing to help. We all have the same spirit: I’m grateful for all of you.
Amanda: I learned how much an impact we can make on the children, even though we are so far away. A small group can make a big impact even though we aren’t even there yet.
Katie: I was really touched by the contributions people made at my grandfather’s diner (we put canisters on the tables with information about the Children’s Village). So many customers wanted to know more, asked us to send photos and emails.
Eliza: The Children’s Village kids have a much better situation than foster children here in the US, because they have this big community of caring people. We have this group of moms, and Tsipy , who are supporting us to make the most of this experience.