The organization exists to support the kids whose parents have to work all day and night due to their economic conditions. The organization holds about 30 kids in a room no bigger than twice of Dr.Ochs’ class. The biggest problem with the facility was that it seemed somewhat old. Before the fundraiser concert last year that I participated in, the facility lacked air conditioners. The activity consisted of me and other members of the performing group to go around and help kids get through the day. I taught a kid English; he had no idea what to do, so he needed my help with the very basic English such as the names of the specific parts of the body. Then, because most of these kids also could take part in the concert by playing chime bells, the rehearsals of the actual performance took place in the facility. After the rehearsal the members got together and prepared food for the kids. A lot of effort went in to produce enough food for the kids. At the end of the activity, we spent time with the kids who seemed somewhat stressed out after their rehearsal.
Smell- The place smelled like an old apartment, where the smell of old concrete dominated the place. I felt that the place was something that kids should not be living in.
Touch- Walking on the facility made me feel that the floors were somewhat creaking- it felt like a decrepit floor.
See- As I said, the place looked very old. However, the place was filled with bookshelves and books, mostly those which were childrens’ books. I saw the happy and innocent faces of the kids and a parents’ smile by the supervisor.
Listen- This was the biggest part of my memory with this origanization. The sound of music was the largest part of this experience. Also inside that experience, my experience with listening to the kids playing the chime bells was the biggest one. Although the financial situation of the organization only provided them with one set of chime bells, the kids learned to share and played beautiful music. The musics of other performers were also fantastic. I think I also benefitted from my experience because of the music that I have heard in this experience.
Taste- The food that we provided to the kids was traditional Korean food. We served them marinated beefs, Korean vegetables, and Korean style miso soups. I also tasted the food, which tasted great after thehallenging rehearsals we had in the facility.
During the activities with the kids, I was assigned to a guy who needed help with his English. He asked for basic help: he could not get anything right on his English quiz. His trouble was with the names of the body parts. I kindly told them to him, trying hard to make him understand. A week later I heard that he had improved greatly, thanks to my help. I felt really proud about myself for being able to help others.
Besides that kid, I really wanted to thank my brother, who decided to come and help even though he was not scheduled to. He participated in all the activities except the performance, because he was not an official member of the performing group. He has been another “man for others.”