We woke up on our last day here at the orphanage with heavy hearts. Our time here went by fast yet it feels like we’ve been here for ages. I think it’s from the warm welcoming we are greeted with every morning with the children. It’s Sunday here, so everyone is home from school. And […]Read more "Last Day"
Balinese dancing has grasped our attention numerous times this trip. So far, we were mesmerized when one of the older girls at the home performed for us. Then we had the honor of watching four different girls dance at Pinkie’s party. From the makeup, to the ornate outfits and the dramatic dancing, we wanted to […]Read more "Balinese Life"
By Dianna Matyola We woke up Friday morning without knowing how exciting the day would be. Due to holiday, the children were all home from school and doing their chores. It was a scene full of giggles and soapy water running down the sidewalk. Instead of joining them and helping clean, we were told by […]Read more "Pinkie Day!"
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"
Last year, we had the honor of spending eight days at the Baan Dada Orphanage in Thailand. Once Dada informed us they had a sister orphanage in Indonesia our wheels began turning. Fast-forward to now; we have organized a group of six people from America to spend a week in Singaraja, a small town on […]Read more "Self Realization and Service to Humanity, Bali"
Leaving Baan Dada was hard but we were ready in a way. It has become a home to us and we could easily spend more time here but there is still so much to see in Southeast Asia. We spent the morning getting our stuff together and squeezed in one last meal. Everyone joined together […]Read more "Leaving Baan Dada"
This was one of the most difficult yet rewarding days since we started our Gypsy Givers venture. As Linds and I have mentioned numerous times, Sue and Judy instantly shared a special place in our hearts. From their quick one liners and their don’t take things too seriously attitude, to their deep routed soul sister […]Read more "For Dionne"
Today went down a little differently than the other days here at Baan Dada. We didn’t have much interaction with any of the kids but we did a lot to help them inadvertently. We also got the chance to learn a lot more about the sponsorship program they have instated here. We left for our […]Read more "All for the Kids"