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The Impact of a SOS Outreach Trip

On March 16th 2016, months after our August 2015 Outreach Trips, SOS Head Office received the following email…

“The SOS trip was the best 2 weeks of my life. I literally think about the kids, family, and all the workers I had a strong bond with once a day. Before work and after work I would play with the kids for hours. I could of easily just went back to my room, but I knew that I would never get these two weeks back. I had no regrets on the trip, I gave it my all.

Once we entered the village and drove towards the house, I saw a girl looking through the window and that’s when I knew the trip was going to be amazing. Her name was Gingar and she was 8 years old. We instantly had a bond. I used to drop her to school everyday, play with her during our breaks during work, and then after work play with her and the other kids.

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I’ve been very lucky and truly blessed to have parents that could afford 8 years of private school and 2 years of university for me so far. Back when I was a trumpet player, I would travel to Cuba for performances, and I had visited orphanages there. That’s when I realized how fortunate I was and what truly mattered in life. Who cares about the $100,000 Mercedes Benz or a $1000 Louis Vuitton belt? A lot of people go on these trips so it looks great on their resume, but I never cared about that. As long as I personally know I’m going to do something positive in someone else’s life, that’s all that matters.

What truly brought happiness in my life were the encounters I had with the people in Nicaragua. There had been many powerful moments I experienced during the trip, two of which where I was going to cry. I always tell friends back home the hardest part about the trip wasn’t the construction; the hardest part was leaving the family. When we were about to leave I was going to tear up but I didn’t because the kids would have begun crying even more. I personally dislike cliché phrases, but when dealing with this trip, it was like a movie, it was just perfect. I just wanted to say thank you again for checking up on volunteers and thank you for providing powerful trips for university students!

Thank you,
Amandeep Singh”

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