I’m happy to say this is my third trip with LiveDifferent. There are so many amazing experiences that happen during these trips. It is always great to meet new people who are thriving to make a difference in the world in which they live. I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of this build. Knowing that a beautiful family will receive a safe, new home to live in is a great feeling.
This trip was different in many ways, after already learning so much in the last two. There are a large number of people living in these situations, and while we can’t help them all, we have to use what we have to try to make the most difference in the world. We need to live our lives in a way that will reflect strongly how we would like other to live. To lead by example how we should treat one another, how we should care for one another, and how we should love one another.
That is the greatest lesson I have learned from the families here. In my eyes these are some of the greatest teachers and role models because of their sense of community, relationships with friends and family, and their perspective for material things. The people we work with will offer you the clothes off their back and the food off their plates. They have so much compassion and kindness in their hearts, and they have shown us more of this each time we return. This perspective on life, this new awareness, is worth so much more than any toys, clothes, or money we have at home. I believe it helps us put a value on human life. It helps us want to make more of a change in this world. Not seeing poverty in a foreign country as a challenge we can’t fix, but as a face and a name. We begin to have compassion for the struggles people go through. I wish everyone could experience this!
– Bruce, LiveDifferent Build, Making More change 2 Team, Fall 2014