Connecting local responses around the world
Connections happen when individuals or a group make the effort to get connected with each other.
In the Community I’m working with, one resident reached out to two neighbours. She (Mdm. A) helped looked after a couple’s baby. At first I thought that she was doing a baby-sitting job, but Mdm. A told me that the couple always fight and the baby is left crying, so she decided to look after the baby whenever the need arises.
Mdm. A also looks after two boys whose parents are working. She has asked her own sons to tutor the boys. Recently, another neighbour, Mdm. M chipped in to help. Now the three families – Mdm. A, the two boys and Mdm. M’s have dinner together almost every night. It is a collective effort of all the three mothers coming together (sometimes one if the other two are busy) to prepare dinner.
For me, this is a simple situation where we see individuals making the effort to get connected and care for each other. I see also, two adults who take responsibility to raise the children.
It shows that people do have the capacity to do something together for a better life/situation. In this case, three families enjoying home cooked meals and friendship. This creates a sense of belonging as members of that community.