These pictures can’t even describe how amazing this experience was. We had a voluntary day built into our program.
At first, I was hesitant about what the volunteering would entail and thought it would just be going to an after school programs with kids or something. I was very wrong, we spent the day at an orphanage-like facility with 15 amazing little boys who had been abandoned or taken away from their parents at different ages, 4-13 years old.
The facility is made in a way that allows for the kids to stay inside at all times, they sleep there, eat there, go to school there, everything there. Many of the kids have gone through traumatizing experiences whether it be sexual abuse, physical abuse, etc. and the facility houses them and supports them until they turn 18. Unfortunately, once they’re 18 they must fend on their own and find a place to live but the employees in the facility always encourage an education and hope the children move forward in the right direction after leaving the center.
I spent most of my day on that see-saw and playing air hockey with some of the kids. They loved having new people to play with and were even excited to have dinner with us. We all sat together to eat dinner together as a family and it was cute to see how playful the children were even with their food.
This experience made me value my own family so much more and really allowed me to think of how privileged I am to be a part of such a loving family. I loved being able to give the children a day of happiness and give them the attention they constantly desire. I wish there was more I could do for children in these situations but I know every little bit counts and serving the community is always an opportunity I will take advantage of.