It is interesting how the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Since I arrived in New York City I have seen more deliberate acts of compassion than I have ever experienced before. Perhaps it is because I am part of a project that aims to meet people’s needs. Perhaps it is because I am working with an organisation that has such a reputation in the community for showing compassion, perhaps it is because I have begun to work in areas that have been directly affected by a natural disaster. Yet through this I have met one of the most inspirational young people in the community of Far Rockaway, New York.