Last Monday we arrived at the Orphanage before noon. It was very quiet with some children at school and others just coming back from school. We had purchased bread on the way and our suitcases were filled with peanut butter, jelly and drink mix. The team made sandwiches for all the children and adults. The tent that the children are living in was moved from the front of the property to the back of the property. A generous donor invested in the pouring of a cement floor for the tented area. The tent is divided into two sections--one for the girls and one for the boys.
On the beds lay the beanie babies that we brought last year. The boys brought out one of the soccer balls that we brought last year and some team members played with them. The younger children loved being around Lucinda and Amanda and styling their hair. One little girl brought out the American Doll we left last year. The doll has been well taken care of and is played with frequently.
The children were well behaved while we were there. The Red Cross comes to the site 2X per week to play with the children for about an hour. We handed out new clothes to the children. They all really seemed to appreciate what we brought. Louizanne has a prothesesis now and is doing remarkably well with it. She goes to the doctor three times a month for her diabetes check-up. We
are anxious for the sea container to arrive so that the children can benefit from its contents; powdered milk, tuna,
sardines, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, first aide supplies, soap, shampoo and more! We also sent
The search for land appropriate for the orphanage still goes on. Once the land is purchaed funds will need to be raised to build a structure appropriate for growing boys and girls. The orphanage will also need furniture, kitchen equipment and many items for everyday living.
We set up a water purification for everyone to use. The portable system will be used to produce clean water for cooking, washing and drinking.