Almost 1 Year Later

I really can’t believe that it has been nearly one full year since my time in Rabat. The struggle to get there was like none I had face before with previous volunteer experiences, but the reward was well worth the effort. Since it has been awhile from my last blog entry and since it is nearing the 1 year anniversary of my departure to Rabat I thought I would share a few photos every few days until then starting with some of the last photos I took.

These were photos I took at a party I threw for the children and a couple, their mothers, and a couple of the nursing staff at the hospital on my last day volunteering. It was a tremendously emotional day as I had to depart from these children that I came to know as my new little brothers and sisters. It’s really funny how despite language barriers that friendships can grow and that people can still tell that you are really trying to help them out and that the photos of their smiles will remind you for the rest of your life that at least for one single day you changed the life of a child.

Brian

 

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A New Article

Hello everyone. I’ve been working hard on trying to get the word out some more and am happy to say that I had a article written about me in the Washington Post!

I’m very excited about this article coming out and I hope you all do too. Feel free to write me about any questions you have about my program I’ll be participating in at volunteerforgood@gmail.com.

Click the image below to go to the Washington Post article on me. Spread the word I need sponsors who want to support a great cause, that being the children abroad.

 

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My story

 

It’s been a little bit since I’ve made a post, but I’ve recently had a story written about me on Journeys4good.com. It is a site where you can find information about volunteer stories, videos, travel details for volunteering, and reach out to others who can help you on your path to doing some volunteer work abroad.

I was contacted by them a few weeks ago about sharing my story and some photos from my experience volunteering abroad. To be specific I spoke about my time volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil helping the little children of the city.

Through sharing and word of mouth about my blog I was picked by them to have a piece written about me. For that I am incredibly grateful. It is my greatest hope that my story might be able to inspire someone, somewhere to do something good abroad for the members in society that are hit the hardest. That being children in countries that don’t have all the protections for children like we do here in the US.

So please check out both parts 1 and 2 of my Journeys4good story. Thank you and I hope you enjoy it. For those of you who are interested in assisting me in my next volunteer endeavor after reading my story, but cannot do a volunteer program abroad yourself please e-mail me at volunteerforgood@gmail.com for more information or check out my CCS sponsor page to read my open letter to donors and make a donation.

 

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Quote of the day

The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it. John Ruskin

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Daily Inspiration

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
–Muhammad Ali

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A great cause

I came across a very heartwarming article today on the internet that I feel strives to do what I’m trying to do in my own respective non-profit/volunteer work. That being to enrich the lives of young children by helping out in a meaningful, helpful, and life changing way.

The article titled Non-profits help give homeless children a happy birthday is written by USA Today write Haley Goldberg and discusses a awesome non-profit based in Massachusetts called Birthday Wishes. The purpose of this organization is to hold birthday parties for an extremely unfortunate portion of America’s population; homeless children.

While my non-profit activity isn’t quite the mission as this organization’s, I do feel that at its core it shares many of the same principles that my mission seeks to accomplish. Of course that is to enrich the lives of young children abroad who, like the children in this program from Birthday Wishes, are in desperate situations of their own and have little to no help from their families.

It’s an unfortunate fact that I’ve had to witness myself multiple times. Heartbreaking is definitely one work you could use to describe this. During my time in Salvador, Brazil in 2009 when I volunteered I vividly recall seeing a young child, who was maybe in his early teens, sleeping on a flattened piece of cardboard with some type of cloth as a blanket. To this day three years and some days later I cannot get that image out of my head. On one hand it is sad and on another it makes me want to do more in my life to help in some way.

The year before I took a two week International Criminal Justice course in Thailand with an American school and one day we went to a Thai women’s prison. Part of the prison is a dedicated nursery for the babies born there from their inmate mothers. I always asked myself “What happens after the birth and when they’ve been there beyond a certain time while their mother’s are in prison still?” In all likelihood they are taken away to government run facilities, orphanages, or elsewhere. Make like my feelings after my Brazil trip I wanted to be able to do more for the children.

So I ask all of you who can help to please contribute to my cause so I can help poor, sick, and orphaned children in Rabat, Morocco with Cross-Cultural Solutions. Please visit my Cross-Cultural Solutions sponsor page by clicking here and following the steps to donate.

Thank you! I can’t do this without people like you.

 

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Quote of the day 8/7/12

 

Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!
–unknown

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Helping children no matter where they are

Hello everyone. I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted last and I can explain why. As someone who was hit pretty hard by the job crisis I’ve been finding myself spending more time looking for at minimum a solid part time job I can use to offset the overall costs of the program fee and airfare for the volunteer program I’m enrolled in currently.

So I do apologize for the lack of updates. I will try better to do both activities (job hunting and updating the site).

One thing I still am in great need of is awesome donors to help contribute to my cause. Once again I am volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions to help children in the capitol city of Morocco which is Rabat. Many of these children come from poor homes, are sick, and are possibly orphans too.

Assisting those in need has always been a great cause for me. Especially those, like these children, who can’t help themselves. I humbly ask you to donate to my cause which can be done from many different ways. Here are two of the best ones.

  1. Directly through Cross-Cultural Solutions page.
    • Click here to read my letter on why I want to do this program
    • Continue on with the donation process by clicking “Sponsor Me Now”
    • Then enter in your information onto a secured site to make a contribution
    • I’ve also created a QR code that will take you directly to the sponsor me now page for you to share with anyone or post it elsewhere online or on your own website.

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2. You can visit my Crowdrise page by clicking here and donating. Crowdrise is similar to other sites like Kickstarter, but unlike Kickstarter it allows for humanitarian/volunteer programs to use its site.

Here is my QR code for that page.

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Please contribute whatever you can afford. Every dollar counts and I need all the help I can get. Thank you very much.

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Quote of the day 8/2/12

 

Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!
–author unknown

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