i went back to the orphanage today along with my best friend erin, cathie, and kidanu. erin arrived this morning, and cathie and kidanu are departing tonight. we wanted to circle back to fulfill some of what they had asked us for, diapers for the disabled who are unable to use the bathroom on their own, and formula for the toddlers. the orphanage is divided up into different sections for the toddlers, teens, and those with disabilities. some of those who are disabled are unable to feed themselves, walk, or even form sentences. they are the ones that were discarded by their birth family, thrown into the river, left at door steps, the most unimaginable type of trauma. my heart especially bleeds for them. last night, cathie and i went to the supermarket and loaded our cart. it’s disturbing to me that basic needs such as food and sanitary products are too expensive for even the nurses to buy. it really puts things in perspective when you think about how much others lack in comparison to all of the gifts each of us are given. it is not lost on me that i could have been one of these children had my mother made a different choice after my birth father left us and that my god son kidanu was one of these children until cathie found him.
i realize that at an orphanage there is never enough, there is always more to do, even still, i feel inadequate in what i am able to provide. deep, heartfelt, thank you to all those who donated clothes for this trip, i now have a better sense of what the children need for next year. i could not have touched the lives of these children without you, it is my deep honor to have served as a medium for your generosity and grace.
prior to our departure, i caught the kids playing a variation of “duck, duck, goose.” they also began to dance and sing in a circle - enjoy! - 2 days ago