Sabrina’s Summer Service Reflection

 

At RDS the kids dressed up us in traditional Paho (the tribe most of them were from) clothing. The clothing is meant to look like a dragon.

At RDS the kids dressed up us in traditional Paho (the tribe most of them were from) clothing. The clothing is meant to look like a dragon.

Playing ninja with the kids

Playing ninja with the kids

Silly Group Photo

This summer, I spent a month in Myanmar traveling with Rustic PathwaysI was able to participate in a variety of service projects. While all the projects did have an impact on me, the most meaningful was the time I spent at RDS.

RDS stands for Rural Development Society. RDS operates a children’s home in the small city of Kalaw. Most of the children are sent there to have access to a better education. RDS was founded by Tommy Aung Ezdani, who even though I barely got to meet him, I saw a light in him that was incredibly special. He truly cares for each one of the children at the home. On top of that, he is also the head of the NLD (National League for Democracy) in Shan State.

There were several girls at RDS who were around my age. At first it was very awkward and communication was hard. I began rambling and hoping that they would understand some of the things that I said. However, true friendship began to emerge after I explained that one of my friends had accidentally touched our leader Dave’s butt in a game of ninja. From there, we sang and danced to One Direction and created a hand game for the little kids in which the losers had to dance. After my two days at RDS it felt as if I had actually made a connection with these girls and broken the communication barrier.

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  1. Hi thanks about for Tommy Ezdani He look after regional villagers around KALAW SHAN STATE is from 60 years ago, many place we have not been that area he went walking alone on highest mountains spent his all salary from school ,after from God many volunteer helper get Behind him,MR Daniel & pettu from french, MR ARLIN DEZSAW@HIS WIFE NORWAY HEAD OFFICER FROM UNDP, Germany,Etalians ,AUSTRALIANS,English &MANY others volunteers are came long way journey went with him spent time to thats villages,He & His widow mother looked after me & ALL my 4 sisters1 brother from 6 months old now my Age 53 years old That times very Hard to get income 1972 year around family income IS 20AU$ PER MONTH at BURMA ,His mother House 74A EAST PARK KALAW Garden got many fruit peach, plum,limon. oranges,papaya, gava grow ,vegetables, we sells at every 5 days is KALAW market days, only with in come they can looked after every body,His brother Oscar Ezdani AT 2001 was Electrical power engineer at kalaw town ship 1976 His salary was 360 kyats Au$ 12 dollars ,He helped with his All salary gave to His mum, support for our brother, sisters ,& some students villagers stay at this house 74 A East park block 3 kalaw All we eat to gather un beliveable, His father teach right way to all ,they showing all we are human please help each others no one can take any things to graves, our life time is limit ,please help good things for human each others God bless you always thanks for every body to came long way from other side of world & help to regional village please pray for TOMMY Ezdani Regards TOE TOE

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