“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Theresa
You may think of Mother Theresa’s words when you take part in this visit to the Missionaries of Charity Center in Cochin. While you may only be there for a few short hours, make the most of this opportunity to live her philosophy that “peace begins with a smile”. The center of the Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Theresa in 1950, in Calcutta, in order to help the ‘poorest of the poor’. Since then, the order has expanded and now counts 4,500 nuns spread over more than 600 missions across 133 countries. Volunteers from around the world are welcome at the centers and allowed take part in the house hold works and interact with people who call this place home. At the Cochin Center, you’ll meet Sister Cheryl and the nuns and lay people who take care of the daily needs of children with disabilities. As you learn about the operation of this facility and share a meal with the children, take the time to reflect on Mother Theresa’s legacy and your personal ‘drop in the ocean’.
“What I learned today can’t be put into words.” -SP ’16 Voyager
Participants will engage in the memorable experience of helping serve the noon-time meal to the children
Some participants, especially those with no previous experience working with children with disabilities, may find this program overwhelming and a challenging out-of-comfort-zone experience.