Birds are considered among the most joyful of creatures, being chosen to represent happiness in various works of art.
Their happy chirping serves as welcome interludes to the stresses brought about by modern life.
No matter what the hardships of life may be, it seems as if birds are always beyond the reach of feeling oppressed by such challenges. Their outlook is joyful. Or, at least, it seems to be, to most of us humans.
Children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not have access to this kind of unself-conscious and carefree happiness. Their innocence often gets tainted by the struggles they witness and experience in daily life, coloring their world with insecurity, sadness, a lack of hope, and the absence of self-esteem.
But when hands are extended to help these children, their world becomes livelier, happier, and more imbued with hope.
When children are full of hope, their self-confidence also increases. Their courage to face the challenges of life is renewed, and their outlook becomes more focused towards succeeding, even in the midst of great challenges.
When we help children to develop self-esteem, we also help to shape the future into something brighter, more brilliantly colored, more positive.
Read about how a joint initiative among Macquarie, FCCHK, and PLK is helping to turn around the lives of disadvantaged children, in more ways than one, in this write-up.