On September 30, 2009, these children lost their school in the 7.9 earthquake that hit Padang, Sumatra.
At the time, I was working for English First who donated 1,000,000 Rupiah and, working together with Femina Magazine, funded the reconstruction and furnishing for a new school.
I was one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to travel for the commemoration and offer an English workshop for local teachers.
The children were absolutely thrilled to see their new school and the local teachers and parents extremely grateful. It was such an honor and incredibly humbling to share in their excitement after such destruction and loss.