Andrew's Experience with SML
After Andrew Mandoor, 25, received his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, he wasn’t sure what exactly he was going to do. He began working a few small jobs, but none that made him feel satisfied. That’s when he found the Shepherd and Mother of Light, where he began volunteering a year ago in the service’s Special Needs Sector in El Minya.
“After I graduated, I was praying to get a job that would bring me closer to God,” Andrew said. “One month later I was hired to help those who can’t help themselves.” His job was to assist mentally or physically challenged individuals in obtaining their aid from the government. He faced a lot of difficulties finishing the paperwork due to the process being tedious and convoluted. Despite the long time it took to complete even one case, Andrew was glad he was getting the job done. “I was blessed to get them the benefits that they are entitled to,” he said.
Since then, Andrew has been taken on as a full-time staff member, and today he oversees the Special Needs Shops, where the mentally and physically challenged make candles for all occasions and costume jewelry to sell. Andrew also added that through his experiences with SML, he learned to be thankful just as the people he serves who always thank God even when they have so little. His wish for the community is that they begin to look at people with special needs as productive human beings and not feel sorry for them.