Ten weeks ago we embarked on a new adventure in the county where we grew up. We took on new roles as coaches at Lafayette School in New Jersey for a 3rd -5th grade after school program called Girls on the Run (GOTR). GOTR is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, happy and confident […]Read more "Girls on the Run"
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"
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"
The Gypsy Givers spent the end of spring and summer months home on the east coast. We were reunited after spending a few weeks, OK, 5 weeks apart. Every Friday we came together at the place that started our love for volunteering and helping others, The Bodhi Food Pantry in Lafayette, NJ. Over the past […]Read more "Home Is Whenever I’m With You"