Experiencing a New Culture Through a Child's Eyes
"Compassion is all inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories."
- Amit Ray
Room to Read unites millions of people from around the globe under one goal: giving students a voice through education.
Having reached more than 20,000 communities, we have witnessed the powerful changes that can be accomplished when differences are cast aside, and compassion is put forth.
Our latest reminder of this valuable lesson? Two young, newfound photographers who joined their mom Angelina, a Room to Read donor, on her trip to one of our schools in Laos.
Aoi, 7, and Tetsu, 5, weren't sure of the adventure at first, preferring to hide out in the car as they scoped out the unfamiliar environment. But, Angelina said once they got their hands on a camera they were on the move and it was smooth sailing from there!
Despite not sharing a common language, Aoi and Tetsu were able to bridge the barrier and connect with the local kids, even joining in on classroom activities later on in the day.
"All the kids came up to me and said 'Take a photo of me! Take a photo of me!'" Aoi chimed in while reflecting on the experience.
While her and her brother were off busy snapping shots (included below!), Angelina got a front row seat of Room to Read's Literacy Program in action.
When was the last time you tried something new to connect with a different culture?