I am starting to feel much more comfortable and settled at the orphanage. Today I spent a lovely calm day with the babies. I feel like I have a better grip on what I am doing, even when it comes to changing cloth diapers. It's also nice because I am starting to get to know each baby a little better, they each have distinct personalities. Each one is so precious and adorable in their own way. I can already tell it's going to be hard to say goodbye. Feeling more comfortable with what I am doing is definitely helping me enjoy myself more, and I think the babies feed off of the positive energy.
Along with some of the other volunteers, we are working on planning some events to do with the kids. Hopefully we will be able to take them (minus the babies) to the movie theater this week. We are also trying to plan some fun craft activities. Plus, two of the babies are turning one very soon (they were born a day apart) so we have begun planning a party for them. We are thinking it would be nice to have it here at the volunteer house so that the kids get to go out somewhere, plus we have a small yard, perfect for playing games. We still need to run by all these plans with the director, but I'm sure they will pan out. If you have any good ideas about activities that might be fun to do with the kids, either in the house or ideas of trips we could take, please let me know either in the comment section or send me an email.
Finally, if you are willing and able, there is a way you could be a lot of help. The orphanage is going to have to move to another site within the year because the owner of the building that Casa Hogar is currently in wants it back. The director has land, but lots of help is needed to build a new orphanage on it. You can help by buying a brick! Also check out the website, maybe you will feel inspired to donate to the organization, or the school, or the orphanage. Or maybe you are going to Peru (or know someone) and would love to help out as a volunteer. So far, I would highly recommend volunteering with Traveller Not Tourist. The staff are very helpful and enthusiastic about what they do, and I really think this is a great way to experience a different country and culture. I have already learned quite a bit in just a week. Alright, done promoting. But if you can help in any way, it would be well appreciated. This is an organization worth supporting.
Thanks for your support! Peace and love!