“It was wonderful. I cannot say something else.”
Jaana Köhler, a German volunteer of the charity organization “Hopeful Heart, Guangzhou”, recalled her memory of the first time when she saw the child they helped was saved.
“I have two boys and they are healthy. That’s a gift to me. Everybody could have disease or problems, you never know. When I realized that here there are sick children, and if there is no money for surgery they have to die, I really have the feeling that this is something that maybe I can help.”
As a mother, giving hands to other children have the special meaning for Jaana.
“We cannot save hundreds of children but every single one we save is really something special for us.”An occasional drop-by
Jaana joined the Hopeful Heart just by chance. A few years ago, she came to China as her husband was assigned by his company here. She had never thought she could be attached to charity.
“At that time, I think I can work in China, but I didn’t get the work permission.”
But just in one night, all things changed.
“Asha (the founder of the Hopeful Heart) was organizing the ‘movie night’ event. I just dropped by as I live in the same community as she lived. She had to rush because she was in a hurry and I knew she needs help.”
“I had read their brochures and I was curious. So I talked to Asha and she was telling me her work and I was really impressed. I asked ‘can I help?’ And she said ‘yes, sure we need helping hands!’”
At the time she joined, the organization was growing but also faced multiple challenges.
“When I was in the hospital for the first time, I really had the feeling how can we save all the children, what can we do. I really had felling that we can’t do enough. We work very hard and we raise money but it’s limited.”
“I could just tell myself, it’s OK. We help one and we work and we help another one. Although we can’t help all children but we do our best.”