March 28, 2019
A member of our Wroclaw, Poland team recently spent two months volunteering at the Home of Peace, on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem!
The Home of Peace was established to provide a home for orphaned children following the Six-Day War in the Middle East in 1967, but it has continued to grow and now houses children from Palestine, Ethiopia, Eritrea and former USSR countries. Children are placed at the Home of Peace for various reasons such as poverty, abandonment, addiction, or lack of opportunities in their home country. Despite their young age many of these children have had extremely difficult starts to life and the Home of Peace provides them with a safe place where they learn to live together with others and prepare for the future.
Aleksandra Kajfasz, Administration Specialist in Wroclaw, travelled to Jerusalem as an opportunity to broaden her horizons and gain new experience, whilst also devoting two months to helping others. Her task as a volunteer was to become a part of the lives of the children who live at the Home of Peace by helping them with homework, housework and preparing them for independent living. She also organized fun activities, games and day trips, and educated them about the wider world.
Aleksandra spoke about her time in Jerusalem, “It was the most interesting experience of my life so far. Firstly, I experienced a diversity of cultures and traditions – Hebrew and Arabic cultures are very interesting and both deserve respect, but they are very different from one another. Secondly, and even more importantly, I formed close relationships with the children at the Home of Peace.
“For two months we got to know each other so well and learn so much from each other. These are children who can enjoy small things – for example, they loved spending time at the playground or cycling a bike. It showed me what high standards of living we are lucky enough to enjoy in Europe, and that we do not always appreciate. This volunteering experience has taught me that children around the world are very similar in some respects – they need love, fun and attention from adults to be happy.”
Congratulations Aleksandra, what an amazing experience!