Monday, April 11, 2011
Last week we took the older kids for a hike. There is a giant hill in the next town over, so all 18 of us piled into an 8 person tro-tro for the 10 minute ride to the hill. It wasn't a very hard hike but the kids enjoyed just getting out of the orphanage and doing something different. It only took us about 20 minutes to get to the top and the view was amazing. Promise, age14, could see the village he was born in from the top of the hill and he was really proud to show the other children. Grace, age 10, one of the oldest girls at the orphanage, was very mother-like during the hike. We had 14 kids with us and when we got to the top of the hill she counted to make sure all the kids had made it to the top. Then when we were going down the hill Spencer, one of the other volunteers, was the last one and he was wearing flip flops so he was slowly making his way down the hill and Grace kept calling back to him to make sure he was still OK and was still behind us. It is really amazing how all the children become their own little family with the older children really stepping in and acting like a mother to the younger children. Especially the older girls, take on a lot of the responsibility around the orphanage and caring for the younger kids.
On Saturday we had a "girl's day" at the volunteer house. They each made their own jewelry box out of empty tea boxes and decorated them with tissue paper. They were so immersed in the project that as soon as they started it got silent. When they were done with that, we gave them mini pedicures and painted their toenails. Before they left, we gave them little goodie bags with markers and paper, and activity pads. Today we are going to have a "boy's day". We are going to make paper airplanes and telescopes out of toilet paper rolls, and we have little goodies for them. This morning all the boys were really excited!
On Saturday we are going back to the beach so all the volunteers can go back one last time before we all leave and the kids are getting really excited. Here are some pictures from the last trip to the beach, the hike, and the "girl's day".