Productive Day with orphans, schools, hospitals

Trip Start Oct 15, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2007

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Today we wanted to continue to pave the way for the ShelterBox arrivals even after yesterday's disappointing news.
So we visited an orphange, hospital and a school for disadvantaged children.
The orphange has been around since the early 1970's and has survived the dictatorship, civil wars and subsequent reconstruction.  The children in the orphanage are three main categories, those who couldn't leave during the 1988-91 civil war and are now senior students or even going to University while still at the orphange.  Another are orphans since the civil war and another are abandoned babies of unwed mothers. We hve promised a shipment of blankets as well as three fo the School-in-a-box kits to them. We also left behind a set of soccer uniforms and two all-weather soccer balls.  The director was quite proud of his soccer teams and showed us four trohies his teams have won.
The Hospital visit was also interesting.  They are going to use a shipment of blakets and ground sheets in their mental health ward.
The school for "Outcasts" was very heart lifting and disheartening.  The school is just a tent that Unicef donated and 15 desks.  The teachers have one 2'x3' blackboard and the students have no notebooks, pencils or any other supplies.
  This school actually teaches in three shifts for 300 children, 8-10 am for the girls, 10-12 am  for the young boys and 1-3 pm for the older boys.  The teachers are older boys who have "graduated" and are now giving their skills for free to the school for one year.   This school is going to get 7 "School-in-a-Box" kits.
Finally, we had a luncheon with the Vice Minister, Director General and several other officials of the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Repatriation and Reconstruction (3R's).  We got to finalize the customs paperwork.  We are leaving one team member behind to greet the boxes as so we want all the paperwork in order before we leave.
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