When you’re working with children at risk, in a community known for underage prostitution and human trafficking, the problems are big and overwhelming.
There are so many children and so many needs.
You can start drowning if you think too much about it.
So what do you do?
Just keep going.
Today I felt so overwhelmed, I thought for a moment, I’m just going to cancel the club today. I can’t do this.
And then that familiar surge came over me and I packed my stuff up and got in the car.
And look what I would have missed out on? Just look at the smiles, joy and laughter that these children need so badly.
They look at me desperately when I drop them off – when can we do it again? They need this. They need this time to just be kids, to experience love, joy and laughter. To create, explore, learn and enjoy.
So, no, I don’t know the solution to half of the problems going on around me, but that won’t stop me.
I can’t fix everything, but I can bring joy today. Today I can help a child smile. I can give him an opportunity he wouldn’t have otherwise. And sometimes, though it doesn’t feel like it, that has to be enough.
For now, for this moment, I’ll just keep going.