Postcard from Amy Rost – Missouri, United States

LIVING AND VOLUNTEERING IN A SOUTH AFRICAN TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY WITH DREAMCATCHER

Amy_Rost_outdoor“My time spent with the Dreamcatcher Foundation was nothing less than life changing. I traveled to Melkhoutfontein, South Africa from my home in the United States in January of 2013. I was looking for a way to make a difference in the world we live in, but what I found in this small town was much more rewarding than I had ever imagined.

While I was in Melkhoutfontein, I spent a lot of time with the Dreamcatcher Kids. When I first met the children I wanted to make a lasting difference in their lives by being a positive influence and by teaching them to believe in themselves. I was able to mentor some of the kids, which made a lasting impression on me too. Hearing the stories of some of the children’s lives was very heartbreaking, but it was hard to be sad when the children were all so happy and thankful for what they had. It really put things into perspective for me. I realized that sometimes I walk through life without taking time to realize what matters most: love.

I also used my medical skills to help people living in the community with HIV/AIDS and other medical conditions. I helped deliver medications and check-up on people who were unable to travel to the local clinic. I got to explore all corners of Melhoutfontein and the surrounding area, which allowed me to meet even more inspiring individuals. Everyone was very excited to meet me and some people even greeted me as if we had been friends for a very long time.

Amy_Rost-School_groupMy time in South Africa influenced me in ways that I never could have imagined.  I was welcomed with open arms and open hearts by the people of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, and they made every effort to make sure I felt safe and comfortable. I was very surprised that I felt so at home while being thousands of miles away from my family. I was always greeted with a warm smile or a big hug from the people of the town. It amazed me how a community that had gone through so much hardship could share so much love with someone they had just met. I have formed relationships with the local people that I will never forget. I think about my experience with the Dreamcatcher Foundation everyday and I can say that it was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life. There is definitely something special about this small town in South Africa, something that can never be found anywhere else in the world.”

Amy Rost
September 2013.
Pre-Med Student, EMT Certified
Drury University, Missouri, United States of America