My aim is to help build a lasting positive environment for the most warm-hearted children I have ever met. In summer 2019 I volunteered in the suburb of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. By pure hazard I changed my medical program to a social program in this very orphanage, because I couldn’t stand the feeling of being of little help in the hospital due to my young age and my inexperience. This change was the best decision I have ever taken! I gained loads of positive experiences. I met the purest souls, the most loving hearts and the brightest smiles in this home. From day to day I became more and more aware of the miserable conditions in which my sisters and brothers lived and it broke my heart. As soon as I came home I told four of my friends and my sister about my adventure and the five of them were right away enthusiastic about building a better home for the children. The harmony between our will to act enabled the foundation of Sharing a Smile. Between school, running, thaiboxing and music, my passion for travelling and helping others drove me to Nepal, where the simple act of smiling, talking about cultures, doing homework together, walking to school and dancing is enough to brighten someones’ day. I’ve learned that you don't need much to be happy if you don't have much, and I fell in love with that idea. Nevertheless, the children in this orphanage do not have access to the fundamental human rights yet, such as nutrition. And we are going to change this together!
I have a dream to eradicate poverty, the poverty that crushes dreams, sabotages futures and undermines basic human rights. Growing up in an environment where I have the chance to receive an education, have a full plate at each meal, travel and discover the world outside my comfort zone and witness the vicious cycle of poverty through my own eyes, a responsibility incarnated in me; I need to do my part in improving the lives of humble and loving people, who were born with the same smile but different opportunities than me. Therefore, when my sister Véro reported to me the tragic setting of a Nepalese orphanage where education, sufficient food supply, hygiene and security is far from being normality, I embarked on this Mission of launching Sharing A Smile. These innocent children are dreaming of better conditions, and I will work hard everyday to paint a smile on their faces.
Brice Da Costa
Hello, my name is Brice, and I'm the event manager for Sharing a Smile!
I'm a first-year university student in Amsterdam. I am also a scout leader, and I enjoy challenging projects that take me out of my comfort zone.
Because I was born in Luxembourg, a developed country, I never had to worry about anything. I've always had access to health care, education, and nutritious food. I consider myself very fortunate to have all of these advantages and to be able to attend university.
However, I believe that everyone in a more privileged position should do their best to help those in need, which is why I feel obligated to help our children in Nepal. I believe that the most important aspect of our work is assisting children in receiving the best education possible, as this is the most effective way to help them in the long run. That is why I am incredibly proud that seven of our children are able to attend university.
This project can be a lot of work at times, but I never get tired of it because I always keep the children in mind and the smiles we are able to share with them. I believe that the best feeling in the world is to make other people happy!
Hi, my name is Melvin, I am 19 years old and I am currently in my first year of medicine at the University of Luxembourg.
I am passionate about medicine and more precisely about neurosurgery since I was a child. I have been practising artistic gymnastics, kitesurfing and playing the piano for the past ten years.
Moreover, I like to discover new horizons. I adore travelling. Indeed, travelling symbolizes for me the great adventure, the one that leaves traces in the soul. Nevertheless, during my many excursions to the four corners of the globe, I have been confronted with disastrous living conditions. Watching children in Madagascar foraging for food in the rubbish and seeing them struggle for survival has moved me deeply and has provoked in me an overwhelming call for mutual help. I feel a strong conviction that poverty is man-made and can therefore only be eliminated by common human actions. Every day our planet produces enough goods to meet our basic needs. If everyone only got what they needed and shared what they had in excess, there would be no poverty in the world and no one would die of starvation.
I am an 18 year old student in 2ième at the Lycée des Garçons de Luxembourg. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with my friends. My passion being traveling, I look forward to experiencing and learning about new cultures. Traveling not only gives me the opportunity to discover new cultures, but also new aspects about myself. After I travel to a Third World Country, I find myself thinking about the consumerist society we live in. We have plenty of products which we take for granted daily, thinking what we have is normal, and forgetting that in other cultures people long for what we have. It is important for privileged people like me to made aware of the poor living conditions around the world, such as in the Third World Countries. However, most people are very unaware of this urgent problem, due to a lack of education and information regarding the subject. It’s important for everyone to understand that from our privileged position, there is so much we can do to help! I see our Asbl as a bridge between these two different worlds. Our goal is not only to improve the lives of the less fortunate, but also to wake people up, and inform them about the endless poverty around the world.
I am currently a grade 12 student at Lycée de Garҫons as well. I am aware that receiving a free education will set me on a path which will allow me to build a financially independent life for myself. I am also well aware that, unfortunately, not every child/teenager in the world is able to enjoy this privilege. That is why I would like to get involved in an effort that strives to enable children living in this orphanage to go to school and to thereby give them the opportunity to shape their futures. I am convinced that education is a precondition for this to be fulfilled. Everyone should be able to enjoy this basic human right. Moreover, I am personally convinced of the need of these children for a balanced nutrition and lifestyle, hygiene and a minimum level of privacy. After completing my studies in medicine, it would be a dream of mine to ameliorate the life of these children through humanitarian aid.