By Julia DeBlasio On day four at the orphanage we awoke feeling as if it could have been day forty-five; this feeling did not come because we were drained, but because of how at home and normal it felt waking up here. As the day progressed we carried out our new found routines with the […]Read more "Day 4 or 45 at Narayan Seva Children’s Home"
By Gregory Smith Valentine’s Day started off with a wonderful breakfast. We were cooked the usual fried rice and had the freshest fruit, most of which was grown from the trees at the orphanage. After we finished breakfast it was time to begin finding ways to be helpful! The day before I was looking around […]Read more "Valentine’s Day"
We woke up early under our bug net covered, dorm style beds. We all share a large room above the toddler room (how convenient). 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 […]Read more "Love at First Sight"
Having taken a year away for the holidays I knew in the summer that I wanted to spend Christmas and New Years in New Jersey. Linds and I parted ways in December for the next few weeks to spend the holidays on opposite coasts. Even though apart, we continued our path as givers and found […]Read more "Coast to Coast"
Frankford Township Elementary school is where we began. I moved here in the 3rd grade (1993) and met Lindsay shortly after. As you can tell we’ve been inseparable ever since. My brother in law, Jacob, is as of today 12 years old and is a student in Ms Guida’s 6th grade class. The two called and […]Read more
As we stated last year, no trip to New Orleans or Jazz Festival is complete without our annual stop at Give Nola Festival and VOA Fresh Food Factor. Give Nola Day fell on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 in-between both Jazz Fest weekends. We attended the Give Nola Fest and enjoyed the good energy of […]Read more "Jazz Fest Karma 3.0"
Vietnam, a country that has charm in every corner you explore. Geographically the country is long and narrow. Its entire east coast boarders the South China Sea. It’s common for travelers to travel the entire country by motorbikes from north to south. So naturally the Gypsies did it from south to north without motorbikes. (Those […]Read more "Vietnam"
Lindsay and Melody are 2 of the most positive, free spirited and inspirational people I have ever met. They always see the best in people at first glance. Their kindness and gentle approach to life has inspired me more than ever to keep trying to step out of my comfort zone however hard it is. […]Read more "Travelling with the Gypsy Givers "
This has been the most challenging week of our lives. The mental challenge of working in the heat combined with the physical challenge of working in the heat tested every bit of our mind and body. I am sitting by a campfire as I write this, in the middle of the jungle, admiring March’s full […]Read more "Full Moon"
After our morning tasks, yes more leamok, we were sent to work on the farm. We uprooted small banana trees and replanted them giving them a larger ground space for growth. An elephant eats about 66 pounds of bananas a day so it’s important to keep the trees thriving for them. We also planted bean […]Read more "Small School"