Cuba: Orphanage Project MAY 2015
We had a great time visiting our little friends at the orphanage this past May. You may see some familiar faces if you’ve been following our journey, as a few of the same children that we met last year were there.
We had originally planned to paint walls and attempted to get approval for a large mural in the back terrace. Everything in Cuba is difficult to achieve as rules change daily. The director of the orphanage asked us a few weeks before arriving if we could bring more needed supplies rather than paint as they had recently painted themselves! You can see the new bright blue walls in the photos.
There were 7 children: 5 girls and 2 boys. We brought packages for each of them including: many pairs of undies, socks, toothbrushes, raincoats, dolls for the girls, dinosaur toys and balls for the boys, hair elastics and clips, small spoons & forks for the younger kids. We also purchased a large white board that they requested to help with the children’s homework/studies! For their bedrooms, we brought a set of bedsheets for each bed. They were currently using just 1 fitted sheet on each bed, so the children didn’t have a sheet to cover themselves at night, just one to go under them. Although Cuba is a hot tropical country, it does get cool some nights. I’m hoping they enjoy the new soft sheets
This year we also choose to spend more time interacting with the children, so we requested that we stay a while and do some small crafts with them. We colored paddle-boards, played with the new toys and blew bubbles! We also left a bunch of craft supplies for them to use on other days.
Leaving is always the hardest part, because there is always at least one children that wins over my heart and I wish I could bring home with me. This time it was a little boy, who as we were waving goodbye to everyone, he ran over beside us and waved bye to his house-mates (as if he was leaving with us).
The children are happy there and the staff is so loving. They take very good care of the children and it’s always a joy to see the smiles on their faces as they receive gifts. God bless them!
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