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.