Hosted by youth volunteers in schools throughout Indonesia, The Living Wall Campaign challenges us to ask ourselves: “What would I do if I had one more day to live?”
The aim of the campaign is to encourage the participants to capture the preciousness of today and appreciate the fact that every day we take for granted may be a day that a child with a life limiting condition does not live to see.
According to The Living Wall website: “The vision of The Living Wall is to help give voice to the children living with life limiting conditions to ensure that palliative care is available and accessible.
“Its mission is to forge solidarity amongst youth globally to raise awareness of the plight of children living with life limiting conditions and the role of palliative care to improve the quality of the remaining days of their life.”
Da Ye Lee, a final year student at Jakarta Intercultural School, launched the very first Living Wall. She said: “Working on The Living Wall was one of the most influential projects I have ever done. It was different from other projects in my school. I wasn’t just asking for money or raising money for an organization. I was raising awareness by provoking curiosity of the people who came to see the concert where the Living Wall was placed.
“I learned a lot about what palliative care is and others who contributed were also intrigued. The most amazing part was that people came together to talk about it and while palliative care can be such a sensitive topic to talk about, people were sensible and caring throughout the whole experience. They wrote sometimes funny or heartfelt messages on the wall. They shared their dreams and hopes.
“The wall represented the hopes and dreams people wanted to achieve. This experience allowed me to grow as an individual because it helped me learn to organize, plan and work with others to make a difference. The Living Wall allows people to connect and share in many ways in which sometimes lacks in our world.”
Shella, who led The Living Wall project at Ipeka Senior Highschool, said: “The Living Wall Campaign was one of the most heart-warming projects I have every done. Throughout this campaign, I was always reminded of the children out there who are not as lucky as I am who do not have the chance to live life to its fullest like I do.
“My friends and I, we are so proud to be able to put up this campaign in our school. We are very proud that we have at least tried to do something for those children, we are proud to lend our voice for Rachel House Indonesia to spread awareness about these children.
“The most amazing part of this project was that a lot of students and even teachers contributed to write down their thoughts on our wall. What most of them wrote was really cute and sweet, and I was really moved by their dreams. This project symbolizes hopes and dreams of many people.
“I believe that there are a lot more surprising dreams that those kids want to achieve in their short lives, and it is our job to help them make their dreams come true. After all, we are not able to add days to their lives, but we can add life to their remaining days.”
Lynna Chandra, Founder and Trustee of Rachel House, said: “Every school around the world should launch The Living Wall to raise the awareness for the plight of children living with life-limiting conditions, and the role of palliative care to improve the quality of life for these children. It is a Rachel House initiative, but we would like the world to own it.”
Find out more and write on the virtual Wall on the The Living Wall website.
Find out more about Rachel House on their website.