By Redina Tahaj, YES Albania ’13
I would gladly state and restate the fact that the project “Putting a Smile into Sick Kids’ Faces” has been the best thing I have done so far in my life.
“Putting a smile into sick kids’ faces” started just as an idea but it grew to be a very involving and remarkable project. Just in a few sentences, the project’s idea was thought of in February and March, when we decided to build up an entertaining room in the pediatric department of Permeti hospital in the town of Permet. This room would be constructed for serving sick children in the hospital. They would be able to play and amuse themselves during their treatment weeks in the hospital.
The hospital of this little town is not in very good conditions and it is very devastating for the children to spend time in the hospital. That being said, the kids would somehow “protest” and give the nurses and parents a hard time when they find out they have to spend some weeks in the hospital to recover from a certain illness. Since my mother works in the pediatric department of the hospital, I got the idea of building an entertaining room for the children from her.
When I presented the idea to the doctresses and director of the hospital, they immediately approved it and helped in making this project possible. Everyone acquainted with what we were doing, come and offered his or her unconditional help. When the project took place between the days of April 25th to May 2nd, we had so many people volunteering- nurses, friends from school, lady cleaners of the hospital, painters for the walls, people who helped with tailoring the curtains, men who helped with setting up the room etc. All total we had about 30 volunteers involved in the project.
I was pleased to see many volunteers getting involved and helping with this project. Honestly,I did not expect something like this to happen as community service is something unknown for the people in Permet. Nevertheless, everyone helped and the project was completed successfully.Children are now happily using the room built up for them to play and everyone in my little town is very thankful to the YES program, to me and to all the volunteers for helping and providing such a room for the sick children.
I am very grateful to the YES for giving such opportunities to my community and me and I am very eager to realize other projects in the future. Once again thank you, YES.