Friday, 13 April 2007

"Work is Worship, Service is Prayer"...


“Work is Worship, Service is Prayer”…

~Baha'i Writings~


Look at that smile: Me and Cerebral Palsy patient Sharvin Raj during play-therapy in the hospital...

After 8 months in the hospital, I was asked to sum my experience up in a few words to be shared with future volunteers...The experience was also supposed to be shared with doctors and nurses of the hospital to encourage them to support the voluntary service...

Here's what I wrote, in August last year:-

"Work is Worship, Service is Prayer": This pretty much sums up the reason why I volunteer. Voluntary work is a two-way process- besides the personal satisfaction, I have in fact learnt more in these 8 months than in my 13 years in school.

The doctors, nurses and attendants have been of great help and have provided much support and encouragement.

I will definitely carry and treasure this experience for the rest of my life, especially the friends that I have made and the people that I have met.

As for the time spent with the little sleeping angel who shared his life with me: Priceless…"

~Daphne Ling~


The little sleeping angel and me...

I was even more surprised (and touched!) when the sister of the ward I worked in reciprocrated the gesture. Here's what she wrote:-

I cannot forget the young volunteer who brought so much love and care for a child in our ward. She painstakingly took over the care of this child, with all the routine mundane chores that came with it.

Before long our little patient was blooming with all the attention and cuddles he was getting. It would be great if we could get more volunteers like her.

Volunteers can make a world of difference, and they do!

~Sister Kalwant Kaur~


At the Nurses' Station: Ooops...Caught sleeping on the job by one of the nurses:-


Falling asleep...


Asleep...

I mean, who would have thought a baby would have fitted so snugly into my arms? Who would have thought that me, the world's greatest clumsy-nincompoop, could actually carry babies for eight months, and not drop them once?


Hydrotherapy in the small pool in the hospital...


This picture is of an obviously apprehensive Jivan Akshay, who has Cerebral Palsy, having his first try in the water...

Hydrotherapy was something that I often looked forward to...It was used mainly for children who suffered from Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and a whole host of other problems and disabilities...Hydrotherapy is used to help children with severe spasticity exercise their taut limbs (the water helps support their weight and makes it a little less painful)...Other times, it was just to add variety and fun for the children (and for me, I might add)...

Whatever it is, these children had to trust you before they would go into the water with you...

I had tons of fun too, making a fool of myself (what's new?) and playing with the water and equipment after the children had left...


My best friend, Tan Yean Mei and I, giving out the last bunch of balloons to the children in the ward...100 balloons, practically all blown by mouth, and distributed to three children's wards...*Phew*...

It really is the best kind of feeling to be able to just sit there and enjoy in the company of the people around you...It's a strong reminder that you don't have to have a Datuk or a Tan Sri or a Dr. in front of your name, because people couldn't care less about that...All they care about is whether or not you're sincere in what you do...

I've met many friends throughout my short stints here and there...But I definitely treasure all of them, even those from the furry variety... Below are a few of the more memorable ones...

Picture from The Star: Baby Amin and me in a village in Parit, Perak...

This is a picture of little baby Adam who was abandoned by his parents...I met Adam in a home in Kuala Kubu Bharu. Adam has got no right hand. His arm ends at the wrist...

This picture is of KT, the 3-year-old orang utan I had the opportunity of baby-sitting in Zoo Negara...

Voluntary Service at the Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, India where I served for 5 weeks. Picture is with some of my fellow volunteers. Altogether, I had the privilege of working with 39 other people from 16 different countries...

Kahlil Gibran once said:"You give but little when you give off your possessions. It is when you give off yourself that you truly give"...

How true, but some people just don't get it. And I pity them...

6 comments:

timothy wong said...

hey daphne... i heard about the crap some people are giving you over the whole siti aisya thing.. read it on marina mahathir's blog... just wanted to say i''m real proud to know someone as devoted to aid as you... you're doing a great job....don't be discouraged by the crap... nothing you're doing is wrong in any way... other than that minority.. malaysia is behind you all the way...

Triple ZZZ said...

Daphne Ling. I was trying to picture how you look like and I got it all wrong. I was thinking of some very serious girl in face. Not at all. How sweet you are, in face and in personality (anyone who would do what you do qualifyes to be call sweet). Boyfriend ada ke? ^^Hint^^
-Triple ZZZ

vertigo_man said...

I felt compelled to write something here after reading on rantingsbymm about the moron and the rubbish he/she's written about your efforts for the little girl.

This moron should be ashamed of him/herself. This fellow should just crawl back into his/her hole and stay there.

In life, occasionally you will come across stuff like this, and you must not be disheartened by them.
You let them win if you stop caring. So don't.

Hold your candle steady and let the radiant light of your love and compassion shine forth.

Joshua Soon said...

You know I find it amazing that you're so young, but you have such admirable qualities.

The photos and story here realli show that you are very differnet from people who are the same age as you.

I feel very nice now. Maybe there is hope in Malaysia still. I won't have left if I had seen this then.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Daphne. Keep it up

Lee YX said...

I feel compelled to leave a comment here after reading you and Marina's blogs.

What you have been doing...touched me so deeply I couldn't hold back my tears. It's a great feeling to know that there are people like you in today's hi-bye society. While everyone is being groomed into individualistic thinkers, here you are inspiring hope for a loving society.

I'm glad to have met you at BRATs (though I may be rather fogettable in your recollection of BRATs workshops), if not I may have never come to know about your deeds.

Keep the spirit intact. You'll reap as you have sown.

You could touch so many lives through the internet as you have done mine ;D