Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Touching nature, touching young hearts

Most children of poor single parents don’t get to experience life on a farm. Yes they are familiar with dogs, cats and may be a rabbit or two. However other farm animals like cows, goats, pigs etc are virtually unknown to them and when you add in exotic creatures like snakes, iguanas and colourful parrots –are those are real mysteries to them. It was precisely because of this that the Kiwanis of Bukit Bandaraya chose to make some 23 kids of poor single parents their guests for a visit to a farm in the city at Seri Kembangan. The kids had a whale of their time, watching, petting, feeding and learning about such exotic animals as a baby kangaroo, iguanas, deer, otters, turtles, ducks, turkeys, birds of all colours and breed and fishes too. Feeding the animals up close and personal with critters chomping on potato leaves offered by the young eager beavers was a joy to behold. That the kids learnt fast through this direct, hands on, most tactile of experience was obvious, that they had a whale of a time petting, feeding and just watching the funny antics of the critters was clear. For Parents Without Partners, this farm-jungle experience is an unbelievably good way of allowing young kids a chance to see something of real nature away from the petty confines of their poverty stricken neighbourhood. It was a breath of fresh air and we thank the Kiwanis of Bukit Bandaraya for sharing the beauty of nature to our younger generation.