We grumbled and complaint a lot. Yes, we the luckier ones are very charitable and generous when it comes to grumbling and complaining. We freely grumbled just because of some slight temporary discomfort or minor shortcomings. We complain when food served to us does not taste that good. We grumbled why our income is never enough even though we are adequately remunerated or compensated. We complain why it rains when we thought the sun should be shining. We grumbled about this, we complain about that, never ever satisfied with what we have.
For the unfortunate few, complaining and grumbling is a luxury. Not that they never did so, but to them, grumbling, complaining and self pity is seldom heard by us the more fortunate ones. As if by design, our ears are out of range to the pitch made by the blind, the deaf, the sick and the destitute. Our eyes are as if blindfolded to the sight of these fellow humankind. They are everywhere as we are, yet most of us do not care to even acknowledge that they are in our midst.
At least, however, there are a number of organizations and individuals that care for these fellow unfortunate souls. One of them is The Society of St Vincent De Paul or SSVP in short. SSVP is a worldwide charity organization under the auspices of the Catholic Church. SSVP Lundu Conference (branch) was established a couple of years ago whose main noble objective is to render assistance to the hardcore poor irrespective of skin colour and religious beliefs. SSVP Lundu Conference has been operating behind fanfare for the last couple of years in it's effort to bring some comfort to the unfortunate few within it's jurisdiction and capacity.
It was on the evening of December 12th, 2008, that SSVP Lundu Conference organised a gathering to host it's adoptees. The silent event was held at the Lundu Catholic Centre where some token were distributed apart from the monthly allowances that the adoptees were given. In all, there are about thirty individuals (mostly from whole families) who are now recipients of SSVP's helping hand.
Below are some memorable pictures of the simple yet humble activities that was held that evening.
Daughter, mother and father standing attentively while being introduced to others attending the family gathering.
Her face shows it all. Mother with three of her many young children. Her husband was killed by a huge falling tree while he was preparing his farm to plant padi.
A young gentleman suffering from leukemia (left) sitting next to a friend who is mentally retarded enjoying food together.
Being guided on their out of the hall by an SSVP member (red T-Shirt) on their way back home after the gathering.