On January 2, 2020, members of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) visited Imam Bukhari Orphanage aiming to learn about the management of the institution and, at the same time, empathize with children who are often neglected by society.
During the visit, the orphanage leadership told the visitors about the overall management and operations of the facility and how they looked after the personal, healthcare, and educational needs of the hundreds of children and youth residing in the orphanage. Children shared their life stories, and the ELP members talked to them about being hopeful for life and striving for a brighter future. They motivated the children to improve their self-confidence and face the world with more determination.
“I have never been that emotional in my life as I was today; I had emotions glowing through my body. I could see a lot in children’s eyes – sorrow, discomforting thoughts, and hope for creating a life full of comfort for themselves,” said Zalanda Alizai, a member of Kardan University’s ELP.
Sabira Muradi, another ELP participant, added, “I want to thank Kardan University and the whole team for organizing this event. I would also suggest my colleagues conduct more of such programs so that we could influence the most marginalized group of our people in the society in a positive way.”
The visit to Imam Bukhari orphanage was more about empathy and caring. Some of the children shared their stories about how they lost their parents, while others sang songs filled with deep emotions.
At the end, the visitors recognized a renewed insight into the value of sharing and caring for others. The orphanage management appreciated the visit and expressed their hope for continued cooperation between the two organizations.