An excerpt from a volunteer journal by Tiffany
Home Visiting the CHD Children
A multi-floor building, a large garden, an automobile, and modern technology are the necessities; this is our home.
We depend on others and live an easy life. We are pampered and spoiled like princesses and princes, never truly understanding the meaning of “cherish.”
We enjoy the conveniences modern technology brings; they barely have the necessities of life.
An excerpt from a volunteer journal by Phillip Ma
Diary of a Journey from Heart to Heart
We are the volunteers of Angel Heart International, which is a non-profit organization serving to help children with congenital heart diseases (CHD) in China and other developing countries. We formed a team for the Angel Heart International, which is called “Beats of Angel Heart”, which included my dad, my brother Victor, my cousin Mark, and my dad’s friend’s kids, Henry and Margaret. We wanted the hearts of the children with CHD to have the same beats as ours and to pound vividly as the same rhythm as ours.
…Seeing, sensing and feeling all these sadness, pain and misery my heart was pouring out for them. I feel a sense of duty to help and support them. As Dr. Liu said: “Love changes everything.” Our love, our effort to help, no matter how little it might be, all together it would make a big difference. The children who were lucky enough to have the surgery were really grateful to the doctors, the volunteers, and the supporters; I saw their eyes filled with tears of gratitude.
…Throughout this trip, I have experienced something that I could never have imagined before. I’ve seen poverty, I see depression, I see desperation, but I also see the desire of life, love of life, and hope of life. I believe that with more and more support from every one of us we will put more smiles on those children’s faces.