March 22


Wow I can't believe it's the start of week 3. Time goes by so quickly. We are always busy in some way. I love being a part of a team.

Today we painted the orphanage at the farm. The building is made of cement, there is next to no furniture, cement ledges used as benches are for seating. The kitchen stove is a large fireplace a few feet off the ground, small pieces of wood burn under cast iron pots that hang from chains. The walls are very dirty, group1 painted the entry way room yellow. We painted 2 large bedrooms blue. They are used for the 7 girls. All that is in the room are the beds, wood frame, single mattress. It was very rewarding to see the smiles on the girls’ faces when they came home from school to see their new blue room.

We also put together some gift bags for the children in addition to the girls there are 11 boys. 1 of the new boys lost both of his parents in the tsunami. These children are available to be sponsored for $30 month. It’s a 3 yr commitment. That was a program started by group 1. Once they are all sponsored then the orphanage can take in more children.

It just amazes me, they have basically no toys, they share clothes if something fits wear it. Such a simple and basic lifestyle. I see beauty in that.

We also put together basic 1st aid kits for the 112 families in the village.

I have emailed Red Cross and world health organization trying to set up medical work for us and the future groups.

I have never sweat so much in my life. It feels good.