International day of friendship
When you organise something for the people who counts on you specially as an NGO, you try to do your best. It is important not just from one side as to be a good, and trustable friend for a person, it is more about these people, the refugees from Iraq and Syria have suffered so many disappointment via the people.
It makes me feel more responsible when we have such an event as on the 30th of July.
It is not easy to work together sometimes with other people, and cooperate with them, but you always have to try to do your best, and even if it seems hard, and you are frustrated there are people around you (who maybe you wouldn' t have expected) just open your eyes to the easiest solution which is just „in front of your nose”. Exactly that happened with me on the day of Internation Friendship Day.
We organised the event with many activities, and meanwhile the preparation one of our biggest activity seemed like would fail, because we can not manage to play it, and it was about the „waterball fight”.
We knew how much the kids were excited (and us as well) about the game, and two hours before the event we had no idea how to solve it, how to make the 250 waterball, and how to carry it to the park from our office.
In a way I would say we had given up how to make the game, and then when we arrived to the central park we started to search for a tap, but we could not find it, so we definitely gave up in the end.
Right before our event started, our little friends from Iraq came and we told them, we probably can not play the waterball fight game and they said - why not there is a tap, over there – showing us to the direction where the tap is.
I went with four little kids, and they were so naturally to solve the situation without any question, or fear, they were so confident that we can manage to have it.
And all after I can say they were supporting me and not in the other way round. It was such a huge feeling inside me. We cooperated so well we were working as a team, even without saying a word. Me and one of the little boy were putting the balls under the tap and upfill them with waters, the other three boys were making the knot for the waterball.
When I told them my back is hurting because of the bending, they didn' t let me to do it anymore, and said okey, we can finnish it. They were so kind, and really took care of me, and to feel such a nice love on the friendship day made me so happy.
In the end when we had the whole bowl full of waterballons, I wanted to carry it but they didn' t let me and four of them were carrying it back to the field were our event was.
After we had the waterball fight, and then the prisoners ball game, then football, then chain catcher, then again waterball fight.
We went again to make more waterball with one of our closest refugee friend from the Serres camp, and his sister. It was so amazing again how we were working together, and to see how they treated each other as siblings, made me remind how do I act all the time with my brother. So natural and pure feelings.
I want to write more about this to make the point of my view how much I' ve got touched this day in many ways by our friends. They are just like us. They have the same needs then us, and they support us in so many ways that we wouldn' t have imagined before.
In the end after the second waterball fight, greek youth from Serres came to us if we would like to play football with them. It was again something that made us so thankful, because one of our „work” here to bring closer the greek people, who live nearby, to the refugees.
In the end ten people were playing against ten people in the football match and the football field felt like too small.
One of my favourite activity from the International Day of Friendship was the huge white paper that we took with us to the park and you could give a message to your friend. We wrote many things in english, in arabic, in hungarian, and in greek, and of course we draw. I would say all of us left some message about how grateful we are to our friends.
To finnish my blogpost sortly I think all of us would like to say thanks for our friends, who came to celebrate with us, and the one' s who couldn' t come as well!