"Welcome To Our Family" at the orphange

Trip Start Mar 17, 2005
Trip End Mar 13, 2006

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Some other comments on the orphanage to answer some of your questions....

-All the kids speak their native Filipino language as well as English so we can communicate with everyone.
-Everyone here is very well fed. We have been eating the hugest meals, averaging 6 different dishes each meal. Matt or I can barely finish the meals given to us, the kids plow through them. The kids make the meals, they are so delicious.
-Most of the kids at the orphanage are from the area, within 30 miles from here. Sadly only a handful of them get visitors from their birth families, so this becomes their family.
-All the kids rotate through different chores to keep this place running: laundry, dishes, cooking, serving food, cleaning, etc. None of the kids are asked to get to their chores, everyone just does it and knows what to do, all the way down to the 5 year olds. It is like a machine, so wonderful to see kids so respectful and hardworking without complaining. We can't imagine this in the U.S.
-It is very hot here. Today it was 95 on the thermometer and the computer said that with humidity it "feels like 115". It only gets down to 85 at night, and that isn't factoring in the humidity.
-No showers or baths here, or in many places in the Philippines. There is something that looks like a shower stall with no walls. It has a big bucket of cold water and a scoop to pour the water over your head. It takes some skill, but we are getting used to it.

Sunday was our favorite day here. After a great church service we had play day outside on the back yard of the property. Every imaginable game was being played and we were excited to join in the fun. We got some great photographs and uploaded them here to share. That night we everyone had a special treat with a big BBQ outside under the stars.

That night Matt and I were introduced to our first Veggie Tales movie. Unlike us, all the kids knew all the words to all the songs (and movie as well) in the show. Our favorite was a break in the movie when all 150 kids sang along to a music video about squashes not having belly buttons. We couldn't stop laughing about how adorable they all were. Boy do they love to sing! They have school graduation on Thursday and they have been practicing all of their songs as we sit here typing this note. Each of them belts out in their loudest voices the songs and we love to listen to them. When we arrived a few days ago they all held hands before lunch to pray and sing their "welcome to the family" song to us to make us feel welcome. Both of us cried when they sang it. We have been a mess ever since crying all the time, we can't get enough of these kids!
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