When I first started with RWA, I thought the project was as a simple as the concept: a person with a spare room, a person who needs a room. Boom, done, one less person who is homeless. And then I started realising how naïve this vision was. Living in a sharehouse most of my life, I am well aware of the awkwardness there is in dealing with the most mundane aspects of life, whether it is deciding who is responsible for buying laundry powder and olive oil, or remembering to speak in a low voice when I make an overseas call. It is one thing to do it with your family or friends, but it is another story to navigate it with a complete stranger, who speak a different language and comes from a different culture, and, if you are the guest, who already shows so much generosity towards you! This snapshot highlights to me the care and attention goes in the work of our project facilitators who not only match material and location needs, but also personalities and emotional maturities.
I am so honoured to work with them and assist their work in anyway I can.
Gaëlle - Community outreach RWA Volunteer