AIS’ first Random Acts of Kindness Day:
On the 17th of February, AIS’ organization, Random Acts of Kindness hosted a Random Acts of Kindness Day! Throughout the day they were passing out sweets and balloons to High Schoolers. They truly did spread happiness, as well as put smiles on multiple faces!
Why is it important to spread happiness?
- AIS’ One Family Day
- “To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task,” said Sophocles. Indeed, there is a special type of satisfaction which one can only achieve through doing good deeds. An act can be described as a good deed when one spends their own time and energy to commit to a cause, which will make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. On the 18th of January 2014, AIS4EGYPT organized a student run event for orphans from all across Cairo. It was a hugely successful and highly eventful occasion, made possible by all the organizers and participants. Hard work and dedication was put into this event for the sole purpose of providing the participating organizations with a fun-filled and memorable day.The event was set into motion at 9 a.m., when the first few organizations started arriving. Once the children were acquainted with their team leaders, they were taken all over the school’s field, which offered a wide variety of activities. Face painting, dodge ball, basketball and soccer are only a fraction of what the organizers had to offer.Team leaders were actively interacting with the kids, forging a sense of friendship and trust with their respective teams. The activities continued until midday, when the children were provided with lunches at the courtesy of the Food & Beverages team. Even as the day neared its end, the activities were still in full swing and heavily occupied by the varying teams. At 3 p.m., goodbyes were said, and the children left with colorfully painted faces and exuberant smiles. It is sights such as this, which truly makes events such as this so memorable and satisfying, not just for the children, but also for all people involved. Multiple volunteers stated that when they first signed up for the event, they had no idea they could have such an impact on the lives of others.The primary reason for the success of the One Family Fun Day lies within every volunteer and participant who spent countless hours a day making preparations and ensuring that everything went according to plan. It was an event, which was highly dependent upon coordination between participants and organizers, such that the children could be provided with a memorable and enjoyable experience. Team leaders were assigned around 10-15 children they were responsible for, along with their partners. Two team leaders were honored to have a special group of children who suffered from Down syndrome. Regardless as to the initial worrying and stress, which accompanied the team leaders, they would opt to do it again any day just to see the smile on those children’s faces. Their smiles when they first saw the trampoline, or when they were handed homemade cupcakes, made up for the heartbreaking when one of the young girls said, “Are you sure all of this is free?” or when three young boys asked, “How much is tuition at this school?” It opened the volunteers’ eyes and made the majority of them feel a lot more grateful for the utilities and luxuries they have access to. Therefore, they were left with a newfound desire: the desire to do all this again, just so they can make an active change in someone else’s life once more.By: Farah Khairat and Kenzy FahmyEdited by Timour Abdel Razek and Malak Sekaly