Today I went with my housemates to the orphanage they are volunteering at. I didnt know what I was going to see so I had mixed feelings. I was pleasantly suprised to see there was a medical centre, education and good accomodation. We were assisting with the young children under five.
Some of the reasons these children are here are death in childbirth, where moms cannot afford to take care of their child, many are found at bus stops. Its heartbreaking to think of the decision people have to make here to give up their children or leave them somewhere because they cant be taken care of.
The children crave attention, always wanting to be picked up but they all had a smile on their face. There are two disabled children which got me emotional as I know that they will have a hard time. They will not get married in this country or be adopted here, there only chance is to go to another country. You have to fight back the tears.
This was a little girl called regina. There are over 30 small children here in cribs. Theres also a month old baby. The women who work here everyday are inspiring and volunteers really make a difference.
This girl stole my heart. Her name is wama. It makes you appreciate life so much. These children have no clue whats going on, probably for the best. Some of the parents do come back to visit sometimes.
This is rando. Such a character. They cant afford nappies here so everytime they go to toilet they have to wash them and put another trousers on them then clean the floor. Its hard going. I didnt take too many photos as it wouldnt be appropriate but you can see how hard it is in some countries. If someone wants to adopt a child here from another country they have to be married.
I was also told a few details that there is a facility here where girls have been raped. If this happens to a child under the age of 18 they are taken away from their parents and put in a security building to live. If this happens to your child you are unfit to be a parent and this is what happens. Maybe at 18 if they choose ,they can go back to live with them. Sometimes foreigners can have a chat with them but not often for their safety. You hear about orphaned children and girls getting raped but to see and be so close to it all really upsets you, and you admire the people who help them so much. I hope these babies have amazing futures and these can put the pain behind them and grow into amazing women.
Appreciate your safety and life ❤