#B2B2019: Chloe Ferris Blog

I came here thinking that I was going to make an impact on the people in Blanco, but they have actually made a bigger impact on me. Never in a million years did I think that kids with nothing but a shack to live in and torn clothes would give you their everything if you asked. Today I handed my bottle of water to a young boy about 9 years old and he shared it with his three friends. It completely broke me. Money doesn’t buy happiness and these kids are living proof. As soon as we arrived in Blanco, we did a tour around the Scheme and the Valley. I had goose-bumps. The living conditions that people are living in is beyond imaginable. Back home I would’ve thought about this when I saw all of the previous B2B teams, but until you see it with your own eyes you’ll never know what it’s really like and how bad the poverty really is. What makes it worse is that there’s a wall barrier in the Valley which separates the rich and the poor. I don’t know what soul could look out their bedroom window every morning and see these kids and do nothing to try and help. “It’s in your hands to create a better world for all those who live in it” and this is what my B2B team is here to do. To lift peoples spirits, help and care for them and give them hope that their future is brighter. One of my highlights of the trip so far is meeting Keesha. She makes my heart fill with so much love every time I’m with her and she doesn’t even realise it. Her happiness is infectious and if she’s happy I’m happy; being with her shows my caring motherly side, and it’s an amazing feeling to show a child love and attention because she might not get it at home. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone…” No one knows what goes on behind closed doors because all we see is the things on the surface, so when me and my team are with these kids we strive to make them feel on top of the world, just as they do to us. I will forever be thankful for my chance to get on this B2B team and get to South Africa because it has not only changed me as a person, but it has made me realise that not all kids come with a silver spoon in their mouth like most kids in Belfast, including me. I grew up in a family where everything was handed to me or done for me by my mummy and daddy and I’m feeling like one of the luckiest people in the world. This opportunity has made me realise how loved I really am. I am so proud of myself for facing the challenges within the week I’ve been here, and I couldn’t have done it without my team. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our time in Africa has in store. My team is my family. I don’t know how I would get through the challenges that we face without them. We’ve grown together, laughed together, worked hard together and now we’re in AFRICA together. Each individual person has a special place in my heart because they all mean so much to me… “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” 

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