Exciting Scouts of the World Award Project - Portugal
SW Award Project – Peace
Rafael Carvalho Simões, a Portugal Scout, completed a team project called Monitoring of older people living alone for his SW Award.
The project aimed to combat social exclusion and loneliness of old age by meeting with the elderly, and helping them in whatever way necessary, for example, cleaning the house or going shopping with them. Along with this, they would attend the Eucharist every Saturday at the Hospital John Chrysostom. There they met with patients (mostly elderly), and also spent time with them, playing music to some, talking and listening to others.
During this volunteer activity, they had many experiences that were not always easy. Unfortunately when they were volunteering, two people died in the hospital. This project took time, and they were all busy with their student lives and part-time jobs, but it was worth taking a little time to be with these people who thought themselves alone, with no one to talk to, no one to tell their life stories, or share their experience in more complicated times. Rafael intends to continue this project, even though it is over.
He had this to say: “During the two years we worked on this project, we all grew as people, as Scouts, and it was and is a spectacular experience. The SW Award not only teaches you how to serve, it also teaches you how to grow.”