Uthando Orphanage: Part II

IMG_2429As the bus pulled up to the gate many smiling faces rushed to the gate to greet us. Although the orphanage isn’t much with many children in the same rooms and all simple amenities it is a place of safety and love for all the children. Some of the children were saved from homes where they were either sexually or physically abused and some were even saved from human trafficking to find a temporary home here. Water runs short during the dry summers here in South Africa and so is conserved wherever they can but they still have to buy water in order to have enough for their basic necessities. The kids were elated to play, read and draw with all of us and always want to be held or cuddled. There is wide range of ages from 2-16 years old but the smiles never left any of their faces, finding entertainment in even the simplest of activities. I think we all left there today with a new outlook on our own lives and a new understanding for how lucky we all really are.

Carolyn

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Uthando Orphanage: Part I

IMG_9689We went to an orphanage home called Uthando, we played with the children there. And made their homes prettier by drawing murals on the walls and building a jungle gym. We found it overwhelming to see all the smiles on the children’s faces who are happy but have so little, I wouldn’t have thought something as small as painting a wall could have such a life changing effect on them. It didn’t take much for us to build a strong relationship with the kids. We all enjoyed the day a lot and hope all the best for the children.

Christine

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