We wake up to the sound of tropical birds, the right on time rooster and 70+ kids getting ready for school. A group of three get up earlier than the rest to help make breakfast for the home. Whether their daily chore is before or after school, each child is assigned a rotating chore that is completed every day. I offer to help prior to breakfast but I’m told I must eat first, then help. We are shy but eager to help on our first full day here at the orphanage. The shyness doesn’t last too long as the toddlers are up, ready to play, and share their love. How can you not believe in love at first sight when you wake up to their smiling faces every morning?
We spend the morning looking after Putu and Nickell. Didi (Sister) joins us briefly during breakfast and explains where we are needed most. It’s easy really, she said if you notice something wrong or out of place, fix it. If we see an unfinished project that we want to finish, do so. She is a very busy woman and we aren’t here to create more work for her but to help and hopefully relieve some stress and work. So we all took some action and spent the morning entertaining and playing with the kids who are too young for school, cleaned the workshop, took out the compost, picked up out of place toys, wrappers, etc, turned the soil and tidied up the land as we got a feel for how the typical day plays out.
Each dorm room is divided by grades. There are two babies here at the home and they stay with Didi. There’s a toddler room which is supervised 24/7 by an adult, a mother of a teenager here. They came here three years ago when they lost their father/husband. Followed by a room for 1st-3rd grades, 4th-6th, 7th-8th and then high school and university students.