给予中的收获

时间:2012-09-10 10:04:05   来源:网络孔子学院   编辑:李少蕊

这里是网络孔子学院慢读新闻节目,来关注一条社会新闻。16岁的中国姑娘李凯雯日前跟随绿色领袖联盟打造的一项人才成长项目,来到柬埔寨志愿工作,在这次柬埔寨之行中,李凯雯不仅为他人带来了帮助,也发掘出了一个和从前不太一样的自己。

(一)新闻:给予中的收获

在去柬埔寨从事志愿工作之前,李凯雯觉得自己只不过是前往一个不发达国家,为那里的人们提供帮助。然而,后来的经历彻底改变了她的看法,这个16岁的姑娘收获到了很多她不曾想到的宝贵经历。

还是高中生的李凯雯清楚的记得在柬埔寨暹粒,顶着烈日锯木头(saw wood)的情景,尽管她满头大汗,但却完全不知道如何锯。一个五岁的小男孩看到后跑过来,用衣袖帮她擦掉了额头上的,还教她怎么锯木头。李凯雯觉得,要是这个五岁的柬埔寨孩子和自己一起,被丢在一个无人岛上,说不定他能给自己建一座房子,而自己虽然受到过良好的教育,在良好环境下成长,但只能被冻死。

她进行志愿劳动的村庄,距离金边有6个小时的车程,在那里,李凯雯和其他志愿者帮助当地的小学和孤儿院(orphanage)修建宿舍和教室,还帮他们种地(grow crop)。李凯雯觉得最欣慰的是周围那些可爱的孩子,会不时帮他们擦汗,或用柬埔寨语给他们唱歌听。劳作的间隙,还有小女孩坐到她身边,给她编辫子(braid hair)。

李凯雯说,从前,她只会为改变自己的生活而付出。可在这里,她的付出可以改变别人的生活,这是世界上最幸福的事。

The more you give, the more you receive

Before leaving for Cambodia to do voluntary work, Li Kaiwen thought she was going to a poor country to offer her help. But, that was only half the story - the 16-year-old girl gained more from the experience than she ever imagined.

The Chinese high school student remembers trying with all her might to saw some plywood under the scorching sun of Siem Reap. She was sunburned, and beads of sweat rained down her cheeks. Yet she could not get the work done.

A 5-year-old Cambodian boy, seeing her struggling with the wood, ran to her and gently wiped off the sweat on her forehead with his sleeves. He offered to show Li how to saw the wood.

"If both the kid and I were left on a lonely island, the little one would be able to build himself a wooden shelter," she says. "But I, well educated, well fed and raised, would freeze to death."

The village she volunteered in is a six-hour drive from Phnom Penh. The first thing Li and other volunteers did was to stack some plywood to build a new house for an orphanage. They also worked in the fields, growing crops for villagers.

Li says what kept them going is the lovely kids who gathered around them, wiped off their sweat and sang for them in the Cambodian language. Some of the girls would sit beside her and braid her long hair while she took a break.

"I used to do things that brought change to my life. But now, I am making changes in other people's lives, I found nothing better than that."