My friends, NYC has officially become the new San Francisco, my alternative favorite city on the other side of the coast. So it appears! When I left home this morning, I was wearing a heavy sweater (afraid that it was gonna be bad); when I came back in the afternoon, I had to take it off and just had my shirt on.
Really, what’s going on? I feel like going for biking in Central Park, just like summer days. The weather is that good!! It looks as if a fresh spring morning, not the usual winter day that smacks your face with snowstorm and attacks your fingers with a freaking frost bite! Am lovin’ it! No, am not advertising for McDonald’s! Am turning vegan come 2013 or maybe 2015, okay never mind, I love chicken—homemade chicken, like the one my mom makes!
Today is one of my favorite Saturdays! I spent the morning volunteering for this amazing organization that helps kids in NYC schools succeed academically! Now one of my dreams is to replicate this program in my hometown, and in other towns and cities in Ethiopia—InshAllah, I will make it happen! It’s the coolest and smartest way to give back to your community!
Helping the young elementary and middle school kids and their parents learn about computers and educational games on computers just made my day, and reminded me of my elementary days when we used to get super hyper whenever an out of towner came to visit and/or to share something cool with us—the sad thing is that such events not often happen when you are in a small town like the one I grew up in. Ah, anyway, I loved seeing the kids getting super excited about their new computers—yes, the organization not only teaches children and their families basic computer skills, but it also donates desktop PCs that have anti-computer viruses and cool educational softwares loaded on them. The kids come from working class (low income or poor) families who may not afford buying such computers. Other helpful academic resources are also found on the organization’s website, which I recommend to anyone who has children who are either in elementary, middle school, or high school.
It was such a rewarding experience, and I plan on volunteering more! Some of the families are recent immigrants from different parts of the world such as Senegal, Pakistan, Mali, Honduras, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc; and some of the parents don’t speak English at all so seeing the pre-teen kids translating what was being said to their parents really touches your heart. I met very nice, exciting volunteers too. And oh, yeah, I had breakfast, lunch, and was given free T-shirt that has the organization’s logo on it! How cool is that? I didn’t expect these additional rewards, but that was awesome, I like being surprised! 😀
Hope you enjoy your Saturday!
PS: moments like this make me feel high. And I blabber too much.
So my apology in advance. 😉