Being in Key club, an organization in our school that volunteer within school, but also outside of school, I volunteered to deliver briquettes in a small town called Sanggaedong for the elders living in small houses and was in need of briquettes for the cold winter that was coming. This was the first volunteer work that I had signed up after joining key club this year. In this time of period where it was getting cold, I thought that learning more about briquettes would help me to appreciate the fact that I have heating systems in my apartment.
With this in mind, other key club members and I got on the bus early in the morning. The bus ride took about an hour and a half. Looking out the window on the way to Sanggaedong, I expected to see fewer apartments with narrow roads (if there were). However the view totally surprised me with apartments and roads that were full with cars and stores. The idea of volunteering for briquettes got me thinking about a place somewhere houses were poorly built, but in reality, it was not. When we got to our destination, and walked to the place where we were supposed to volunteer at, my expectations finally appeared to be true.
Our final destination was a place with narrow pathways with poorly built houses where majority of the elders were part of the villagers. It was unusual to me how there were apartments just in front of this poor village. It was like West Side Story where an invisible line had separated the poor area and the wealthy area. Although the apartments around the village were not the type of fancy apartment, it still conveyed that idea since the small village was so poorly built.
|[The view of the village of Saggaedong | Photo credit: Andrew Ji]|
|[Amount of briquettes that would keep two houses warm for two months
each. We had delivered two or three at a time which felt equivalent to
the weight of my school backpack | Photo Credit: Andrew Ji]
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