Off to Brazilia!!!!
Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
67Trip End Aug 2005
Our first destination was "Sau Paulo", what a vast city this is, it's reputed to house a population of 20 million plus.....We got lucky (as we were at the mercy of the teams decision making skills) and the team made a good choice of Hostel, luxury in fact by our standards. From here we made an interesting journey out to an orphanage/Childrens Home on the outskirts. This was meant to be a pilot example of the Olympic Village that they had begun, but now scrapped. Our first impressions? What a great open outdoor complex with buildings in very good nick indeed in comparison to other places that we have seen and experienced on route (that being many!!)
The kids here are luckier than most if being away from their loved ones can be good that is. but the staff here are just tremendous and incredibly caring full of love for the whole bunch that are blessed to be here and not in one of the more tightly crammed and less stimulating Orphanage options available out there.
Our week was a very busy one combined with interacting with the kids and putting on a whole host of activities and also getting them involved with some of the art work the staff wanted us to get involved in doing to liven up the surroundings and make it more inviting as well as providing some form of education too. Our students made up music lessons with some very squeaky recorders courtesy of Ruths big contribution!!!! A sports day with a mixture of teams getting very wet as well as very competitive indeed!!!
We also were given the privilege of spending some time with the resident gardener (yes he let us rampage thro' his vegetable patch!!). Here we did some serious gardening and made plenty of progress in very little time, much to his delight.
The kids here are truly inspirational and although their individual stories are difficult to absorb, they are just so unconditional in the love that they have to give and they teach you so much about what life is all about. This is a place that will stay forever in my heart, all of ours for that matter. It makes you appreciate that your health and happiness is all that matters in life, the rest follows through.