Unforgettable smile at this moment

Melinda Huang

At first, when we arrived at Karondha village, local Indians looked at us curiously. After short brief about our visit, women and girls opened their arms and gave us big smiles.

Women and girls smiled brightly without veils on their faces at Karondha village. Photo by Melinda Huang.

We travelled to home visit on our fifth day trip in India. It took around an hour to get to Karondha on a bumpy road. At first, it seemed all the villagers gathered and welcomed us. Most women covered their faces with veils and were without smiles.

After a short discussion, those Indian women started talking about how difficult their life is…trying to let us know and trying to give us messages about their stories to deliver once we are back in our country. Their smiles just melted away the difficulties of their lives!

Daring to dream her dreams. Photo by Pei Lu.

She looked a bit cool at first. But after I visited her house/room, she pointed at wall and showed me her portfolio of paintings on the wall. She looked very proud of herself. And I took several pictures and looked at her paintings. I realised that she still has dreams for her future. At that moment I hold and squeezed her tightly, trying to tell her that she is the best!

Melinda Huang

Melinda Huang

I’ve joined IKEA in Taiwan in 2008 and I started to work as an admin in logistics then became a Sale Supply and Support co-worker. I re-started exercising last year and my first challenge was “Taipei 101 Runner Up” race. Before the race I trained everyday after work. After almost one month of training I completed 2046 stairs ! (up to 89 floors)!. Then I joined a jogging group with co-workers. Thanks to those activities, I met and have lots of new friends, exploring something I’ve never tried before, strengthening my mindset, pushing myself as much as I possibly as I can. I realised exercising it brings me a positive frame of mind. Hopefully I can share and deliver my experiences with kids in this trip!

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