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
I am a student at the Lycée de garçons in the 2nd grade in Luxembourg. I am a scout leader and I like projects that take me out of my comfort zone. As I was born in Luxembourg, a developed country, I have never had to worry about anything, unlike a lot of people around the world. Therefore, I feel a need to help these less privileged people. I believe that the best feeling in the world is to make other people happy.
I am currently in secondary class at the Lycée de Garçons de Luxembourg (LGL). My passions are sport, music and the discovery of unknown worlds. I love to travel. Indeed, traveling symbolizes for me the great adventure, the one that leaves traces in the soul. Nevertheless, during my numerous excursions to the four corners of the globe, I have been confronted with disastrous living conditions. Watching children in Madagascar, in particular, looking for food in the garbage and seeing them fighting for their survival moved me deeply and provoked in me an imposing call for mutual help. I feel the deep conviction that poverty was created by man and can be eliminated only by common human actions. Every day our planet produces enough goods to meet our vital needs. If everyone only got what they needed and shared what they had too much of, 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.