The little monkey Daewoo: 작은 원숭이 단우

As of this moment, it is before my first volunteering with the Eastern Social Welfare Center, where I will be spending an hour of my time with babies in their facility. I have never done volunteering with young babies before, so I predict that this will be an impact and emotional experience. Even when I had a short introduction and training session at the location, the emotions already started to dwindle inside. Being there is quite eerie, especially because it was at that exact location a friend of mine was adopted from, and when I laid my eyes on the children, I just imagined her in that exact position.

Front doors of the Eastern Social Welfare Society
Front doors of the Eastern Social Welfare Society

It is now after my one hour volunteering, and it was one of the heart-warming experiences ever. I held a little baby boy named Danwoo (단우), and he was just a sweet little monkey. As a held him, I couldn’t help but think about his parents and where they were and what brought them to the decision to leave this boy probably a month or two ago.  All I could give this boy was some love and words of encouragement, even if he didn’t understand them. I look forward to continuing this and meet more and more babies.