A volunteer’s love for women, children

Bethany Langshaw at the Lovu HART Home in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THREE years ago, Bethany Langshaw developed a special love for women and children having seen the unforgiving crimes and challenges going on around the world.

She made a promise to herself that she will travel to a foreign place and learn more about this new love when she completes high school.

Towards the end of last year, she decided to do some internet research on a place she could travel to and explore the love for women and children.

Among those countries on the internet volunteering search list was Fiji.

The Wales lass decided to travel to Fiji and work at a place where she would learn more about women and children.

For the past two weeks, Ms Langshaw has been working closely with women and children of Lovu Hart home outside Lautoka.

She used her own money and paid for her own expenses whilst here in Fiji all because of her love for women and children.

These past days, she has also found out that there was more to this love because it touched her to see the reaction given by the children when she assisted them.

“It’s really nice when you feel you have some sort of impact to the community like writing letters, numbers, names and colouring,” Ms Langshaw said.

“For certain kids you can tell they are really doing well and your assistance really helped them.

“I feel so blessed seeing this and it has developed my love for them even more.”

The 19-year-old will be a part of the Lovu Hart family for five weeks and while she regretted having spent just a short period of time with them, she is already looking forward to returning in the future and assist her new adopted family in whatever way she can.

This trip also allowed her to come out of her comfort zone as her life has always been centered around her family, school and close friends.

“I feel more independent as all these years, I have always stuck to my routine and this is building confidence in me and this is something massive.”

Ms Langshaw hopes to study psychology and criminology when she goes to college next year as it has always been a childhood dream to become a detective.

This, however, does not take away her aim of focusing on women and children and be an ambassador for them in the near future.

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