Okay, so it hasn´t been going as bad as the title, but we have had some ups and downs.
To start off, everything is going great. I am starting to get into the swing of things and getting into a rutine. Our days are sometimes waaay to long, and other times too short. There just aren´t enough hours in a day to get everything we want done.
A lot of people have been asking about what our day is usually like.
We get up around 6:30 and are out the door about 7:15. We walk a half mile to the Hogar where we spend a lot of time getting the kids ready. There is a woman there that is supposed to be getting them ready, but she must think we have the time... haha Anyway, so around 8 o´clock we start class. We go through the alphebet in English and Spanish, numbers, shapes, just the normal kindergarden things. Everything we do is in both languages. So both sides are learning, the teachers, and the students. At ten ten the kids have an hour long break called recreo. I think its more for the volunteers than it is for the kids. Then we have our last our doing activities such as puzzles, colouring, painting, legos, and other activities like that. It´s more relaxed and we usually just do what the kids want to do.
Their favorite thing to do is play make believe. They love being tigers and snakes. We play games where everyone is a tiger except one, and everyone runs after them growling and then we pretend to eat eachother. They love it!
There is two things the kids love to say in English.
1: ¨Sit in your chair.¨
the volunteer before us taught this to them, probably from saying it a thousand times a day! but they love to say it, and even sing it over and over
2: ¨Hakuna Matata!¨
they love to say it over and over
I have also gotten some emails from people that have been asking how they can help the orphanage. There is so much that the kids need at the Hogar de Amor, I can´t begin to list them. The main thing is just money. Just before Chey and I got to Honduras, a man broke into the Hogar and caused a considerable amount of dammage. Since then, HHK has been very short of money. They had to hire an armed guard who is there 24/7 . On top of that, the plumbing at the Hogar has gone crazy. They have had to repair both the girls and the boys showers and all the toilets at the orphanage. Money is always in short supply. The kids need many things including bed sheets, towells, underwear, shoes, socks, and even something as small as toilet paper. All these things can be shipped, but the cost to buy the items here is considerably cheaper than in the states and mailing them to the orphanage.
Something that we have noticed being here and working with the kids, is that Dave the owner and the man all the money goes through, is never in a hurry to fix plumbing and buy supplies that the children are in need of. Don´t get me wrong, he is a great guy, he started the orphanage to begin with, but some things need taken care of sooner than later. So all us volunteers have talked about it, and we have decided that it would be best if we had the money sent to each of us, and from there purchaised what the children need.
For instance, in a few weeks when we have more volunteers, we are holding an all day delousing day where we completely get rid of all the lise at the orphanage. Since the only way to get rid of them permanatly, we have to do everything at once.
Things we need in order to make this happen:
·Lice shampoo (readily available over the counter here)
·New sheets and pillow cases
we do not have access to a dryer to kill the lice with the heat, so we will be having to bag all the bedding for two weeks to kill them
we will have to purchaise a few irons to iron ALL the clothes at the orphanage since heat is what kills them
I know that so many of you have helped already to get us here, and that is great. We just need a little more help to make everyday living at the orphanage a little easier for these children.
The easiest option we have for recieving money is to mail the money to mine or Cheyanne´s home for our families to put into our account. We have opened a special account at US bank to help us in situations just like this. If you would prefer to just take a check or money into ANY US Bank, just notify the clerk that it is for a business account entitled ¨HHK FUND¨
My address is:
891 Black Rock Dr.
Santa Clara, UT 84765
I do not know what Cheyanne´s address is at this time, but can get it for anyone that would like it.
If you could pass this on to friends and family that might be interested, than feel free to do so. My email to contact me directly is:
We would love to get emails with any questions or comments.
Love you all!!!