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  • Bohermore is an incredible organization that truly embodies community in a way that you rarely find in the United States. The employees of Bohermore go above and beyond their job descriptions everyday in order to give the children the best experience possible. I have been incredibly lucky to be able to participate so far in this effort. At the beginning of the semester, I wrote in detail about the desire to leave my mark somewhere on the community. This past week, as I was sitting with a little girl coloring a picture, waiting for her mom, she said something to me that meant far more to me that her little heart even knows. She handed me her picture and said “This is for you. So anyway, do you think we can have a going away party for you when you leave? I hope so because Goodbyes are sad.” This was my first inkling that I have been able to contribute, if even in a small way, to this little girl’s life. All I have done for her is help her with homework, talk to her about school and color with her. Yet somehow, she gave me the notion that she would miss me when I am gone, and if that is the case, then I have done my part in building a small part of the community.

    Beyond working on homework with young kids, I have also been able to spend time with the teen group. I am taken a back by how well all the teens seem to know each other, and how much they enjoy coming to this organized program every day after school. It is as if listening to music, playing soccer, basketball, and card games is a much needed break in their day. Rather than being behind a screen at home alone, these teens value the time they spend together. I find teens more challenging to work with than the children though, because they are far more persistent with getting what they desire. They are also more temperamental, as teenagers generally are. When I am overwhelmed with how to deal with them, the employees step right in to help and I am able to learn from the kindness and patience that they constantly have to offer when dealing with the teens.

    One of the biggest differences between this organization and similar ones in the United States is that overall sense of community. The children run in and out of Bohermore to work on homework and play. They all run along home when they are finished, perhaps to their home or to their extended family’s home. The employees generally know where the kids live and are familiar with their parents and relatives. This builds a sense of trust in the community that I have never seen before. Because the level of trust is so high, the employees are able to treat the kids differently than they might in the states. They are less sensitive towards them, almost treating them like their own. This has been less of a difficulty for me, and more of an eye-opener into how to build such an incredible community.
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