Many people bring bags of donations for “our” orphanage. John and Geri who are not with us this winter sent many bags with Dick and Val, Val brought toothbrushes and toothpaste from her dentist, Eddie had the cab over bunk in her small motor home stuffed with bags, Bill and Jeannette and others donated too. Thanks to all of you and ….if I missed you….pat yourself on the back. Anything we bring for them that they can’t use they will sell for a few pesos and use the money for the orphanage.
This park and many people in it have a long history with the orphanage and many changes have taken place over the years. It is always nice to go every year to see what’s happening and every year it improves.
As John and Geri aren’t here this year we had to recruit another Spanish speaker to go with us. Millie plays cards with us and her partner Al is fluent and he agreed to come with us so we were set.
After that we loaded Eddie’s bags in and many others and the truck was full. We left the park just after 10:30 with Dick, Val, Millie and Al in the lead, Frank, Sandi, Diane and I in the Jeep and Ruth and Jimmy followed.
Heading into the orphanage.
The gates to the orphanage were open and Dick drove the truck right in to unload.
This little one (Paulina?) was showing us how she gave her baby it’s soother…..she had one of her own.
I brought a bag of mini chocolate bars so the visit started with a treat for the kids. Lupita made sure the “basura” or garbage went into the bag. There is not one speck of litter within the gates. Good to see as litter is an immense problem in Mexico. Change starts with the children.
This is the kitchen. Val showed me some pictures from years ago when Lupita was cooking under a tin roof outside. A vast improvement due to gringo help and donations that have made a huge difference to their lives.
Al is showing the kids some finger tricks and they were quite amused. The girl standing next to Val is Carla and at 12 is a good cook or cocinera. I explained that my nieta (grand daughter, Abby) is catorce (14) and also likes to cook. I also told her that Abby is very tall!
Some of the children have been with Geraldo and Lupita most of their lives even though they may not be adopted. They remember us from year to year and are very happy to see us. They are full of smiles, hugs and laughter. They are clean, happy, well disciplined, well fed and well looked after. A tribute to Lupita and Geraldo’s dedication to the orphanage.
The girl’s dormitory. Note the many toys, cleanliness and neatly made beds. Although they knew we were coming today we have arrived unannounced in the past and everything was just as neat and clean. Try doing that in the dirt at home!
Alejandro was tying his shoe. As he is six or seven I was impressed that he could do this. Hard for many children and Velcro closures are the norm so many children don’t know how.
Geraldo is chatting with Al who is the only fluent Spanish speaker with us. John and Geri are usually with us and John speaks Spanish. Geraldo was very concerned about John’s health but he was reassured that he was okay.
At the end of our visit Geraldo and Lupita gathered all the children together.
They bowed their heads and repeated a prayer after Geraldo blessing us for our generosity.
We are blessed to be a part of their lives.