Ahh my favorite day in the DR. We went to a small town right near the boarder of Haiti, this Compassion project had actually never been visited before. This was just the small welcome, before the large cheering and applause out back.
|look at the little cutie holding the letter "C"|
Of course we had a performance
But this was my favorite day because we just got to play play play with the kids! And it was really H.O.T, but I loved every minute!
|each one of these children is so special!|
what we would look like with 12 kids, what do you think? fitting?
|prepare to be swarmed if you have stickers!|
There was one little girl who seemed to attach to me and just followed me around all day. I loved it! I asked her her name about 15 times, but I could never understand what she was saying. She kept having me take photos of her and every time I turned around there she was.
We couldn't really talk to each other, you know the whole language barrier thing, that is probably why I kept asking her her name over and over, it is like one of the only Spanish phrases I know.
Como te llamas?
We were even taught a little dance. "Christo es mi Superhero." I think it will be in my head forever!
Gosh, really the most heart quenching part of the day was when we went to visit one of the little boys homes. I thought the house we saw the day before was bad.... this was..... I don't even have real words. I just know that I will forever have his mothers face etched into my head.
Her husband had died in a motorcycle accident. She has 6 children, 2 of them are sponsored through Compassion.
The had just 2 mattress for the 7 of them, one had just been ruined by the rain, well,because it rains there a lot and there home doesn't offer all that much protection. (Insert photo of scaring dangling electrical wires that I saw strung throughout the house)
The mom said that she was most thankful for the medical care she received for her children that Compassion provides. I just don't think I will ever forget this family. And I hope I don't so I can remember to pray for them.
still smiling despite her circumstance
We went back to the project to say our goodbyes and to thank all of those who really do the work for the children.
If I could have prepared differently in just one way for this trip, I would have brought more for the volunteers and Compassion workers. They are often very poor themselves and do so much for the children
My photo of the day
Right before we departed all the children ran to us and embraced us. Wished I had a photo of that moment, but actually experiencing it was much better