Apr '15 Birthday Celebration at At Taqwa by Reni

April is our happy month because we are going to spread out love to another orphanage! More orphanage means more children being loved by us, means more opportunities for our volunteers to give back to the society.

As this project moves forward, as the words spread in our society,  more people starting to approach us to sign up as sponsors and volunteers. On behalf of Birthday in a Box, I would like to take this opportunity to thank these people:

- Sponsors (sponsors for our cakes, food and fund)
  Without you, it would not be possible for us to take up this new orphanage and spread the love to the children. We thank you for the trust, especially when most of you actually approached us by yourself. It is only with great trust that you are able to do that. 
 We promise that we will guard the trust you have for us. We will continue to bring happiness and spread love for the children with the fund you sponsored. 

- Volunteers 
 Without your ever ready support, the children would not be able to have so much fun. With you presence, they could feel the warmth you gave them. 
 Thank you for wanting to be a change in our community, for wanting to give back to the society. I can assure you that that few hours that you share with them, will bear fruits that we might not be able to see with our naked eyes.

- Planing Committees
 What do I do without you guys, really? Everyone only knows that I am the one in charge of this thing, but let me tell you this, I will never be able to do this myself. Only with their help that I am able to do all these. 

 Thank you for your trust in this project. From day 0, your faith in BIB never wavers. My crazy ideas are never too crazy for you. For being the pillars of BIB from then till now. I truly hope you can see what I see now.

Like the 4 life cycles of butterfly. From egg (the idea), it hatches to Larva/ Caterpillar (the birthday celebrations), and then it slowly become the pupa (also the coolest stage of a butterfly's). During the pupa stage, it looks like it is resting, but the fact is, the caterpillar is slowly changing inside the pupa. It is undergoing a remarkable transformation.

However, I wish we can be at this stage for the longest time possible because I believe BIB is not a goal. BIB is a journey. It is a never ending journey because love doesn't stop even when we are gone.  It continues on and on, from generation to generation. We will stay in the Pupa stage for as long as we need to :) 

1. Introduction and Decoration

2. Lunch

Today's menu: Nashor, Keropok and colourful eggs!

It's in Chinese tradition that birthday girls or boys would eat red coloured eggs. Lisa and I had decided to get a basket full of colourful eggs to depict our sense of togetherness. Our skin colour and beliefs may be different, but we are brought together by love. 

Ain't I cute?

3. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts session! Lisa had decided to teach the children to make pin wheel. We had divided them into two groups, the lower primary and the upper primary. The lower primary ones would do colouring with us while the older ones learnt how to make pinwheel from Lisa and other brothers and sisters. 

Look at how serious they were!

4. Birthday Celebration

There are supposed to be 2 birthday girls, Alya and Riskawati. Riskawati happened to be in school on that day preparing for exams. Fret not! We are celebrating hers on May!

While we sing her birthday song....

We noticed she cried..

It was such a heartwarming moment. I had a mixed feelings at that moment. I was sad because I realised that they were really forgotten by us. We may donate them food, daily necessities and other stuff. But has anyone ever remember their birthday?

At the same time, I was happy too. I was convinced that this event really touches their hearts. It made us want to keep going on to bring out the best in them. 

The melted whipped cream

This is really due to our negligence. We had left the cake in the car for way toooo long that the whipped cream melted. When we opened the box, I was terrified by the now flat cupcakes. I was worried of the children's reaction.

To our surprise, after explaining to them the state of the cupcakes, every single one of them said "no it is perfectly fine. we still can eat it." I was like... wow... What would your reaction be? On your birthday, the birthday cake got ruined. I mean, more or less you would feel disappointed right?

But these kids, no disappointment at all. In facet they gave me a very curious look as though saying "What are you talking about? The cake looks perfect!" To them, everything is a blessing.

5. Giving out goodies and photo taking

Time to give out the goodies from our box!

Don't forget to add us as friends on Facebook www.facebook.com/everychildisagift and follow us on our Instagram www.instagram.com/bdayboxbatam. We are also on LINE! Add us too and chat us there if you have any other queries. Search for @bdayboxbatam MUST include the @ while searching).

With love,
Reni Chen

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