“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent a night with a mosquito.” ~ African Proverb
So, I have never heard of Johannesburg Dream Center before, but ended up here through the program that I had applied to. In my head I am like “well I have a background in engineering , I want to start my own business so exactly what am I going to learn or achieve at a Non-profit Company that does no work that I know of?”, but then I quickly learned that the work I am about to do will prepare and help in my own career. Not only that, but in the process, I am making a difference in someone else’s life and impacting them positively. And also, I always hear that when you pray for work also pray for the environment you are going to work at, well in my case, I am happy to say that the environment is awesome and I thank God for that.
Then the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, everything changed and life was not as we knew it to be. There were uncertainties, concerns, hunger and fears amongst other things, but when you work for an organization that is for helping people, I then had hope that the little we do in spite of our fears and the unknown made a difference to those who experienced the severe effects of the lockdown and those that needed our help. We got to make a difference and I learned that sometimes it’s not only about me but others too. I was also put at ease working during the lockdown because all covid-19 protocols were followed at the office.
My takeaway from Johannesburg Dream Center is that you always treat everyone as equals and protect the dignity of every person walking into the office or outreach seeking help. Everything I have learned, about myself, my growth, and my capabilities I will be able to use in my next chapter of life and be sure to succeed. The office is for work, but there was room for fun too. The team I work with is positive, friendly, have an open communication and the office is always full of great humor. I am thankful for the opportunity given by the Dream Team and forever cherish the memories made at the office, with volunteers, outreaches and overall thankful for the work that Johannesburg Dream Center does. As always, keep changing the atmosphere of Johannesburg.
My journey at JDC was unexpected and I never thought in my life I would work or be an intern at an Charity Organization. I must say JDC is one the best Charity Organization I know and I got the opportunity to meet and work with amazing people. Even though the pandemic slowed down things everywhere, JDC managed to keep their projects going, in support of their beneficiaries. JDC has a lot of programmes such as the CV Creations , Women Empowerment, Adult Empowerment, Youth Empowerment and a Monthly Grocery Outreach. Most of these projects came to a standstill because of the pandemic and we mostly focused on the Grocery Outreach, which helped a lot of people in the community of Cosmo City. Most of all, I treasure the love and the relationships that were built throughout and I was able to gather a lot of work experience, work ethics and gained knowledge on what a good working environment should be, especially when it comes to communication. There were some ups and downs, but my time at JDC was everything I needed and I wouldn’t take it back for anything. I wish my time here didn’t have to come to an end. JDC will forever be in my heart and I will remain an atmosphere changer.