Can you ride a bike????
It’s a skill many of us probably take for granted. We learn as young children and never seem to forget.
During a special development weekend, children from a Kazakhstan orphanage had the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. The director of the old-style pioneer camp brought out some bicycles for the children to ride during their free time. Only one of them had ever ridden a bike before and the rest were eager to emulate her. The challenge proved too difficult for some but for others who persisted there were glimpses of success. After a day of relentless effort, one child was proud of the 15 metres he was able to cover before ‘over wobbling’ to the ground.
These orphan children range in age from 6 to 16. Operation Mercy helps these institutionalized children to develop valuable life skills. Many of these skills are not an end in themselves but also provide opportunities for these children to grow in self esteem and confidence.
Do you remember the joy of riding a bike independently and the feeling of freedom and accomplishment you felt?