Week one: Day four

 Posted by Natalie Klein at 4:17 pm  Peru
Jul 082015

I finally went to my placement two days ago and it as the most overwhelming day of my entire life.  My work placement is an orphanage home to 20 children between the ages of 5 and 18.  I almost forgot to add that these kids have extremely severe disabilities, these disabilities are the main reason that they are orphans.  Often Peruvian parents realize they have a child with a disability and they decide it is too much to handle and pay for so they leave their child behind.  That is where the program I am working for steps in.  There are five “mothers” who are Peruvian ladies who rotate and live at the home with the children and feed, care for, clean, and love all of the children as if they were their own.

So far I have just been getting the hang of things and watching how the kids work and what their routines are.  Today I helped prepare lunch, fed a couple of children who cannot feed themselves, then assisted in brushing all of the childrens teeth.  Later in the day we made jewellery with a few of the older girls who are able while the other kids played or colored.  I am able to work well without speaking Spanish because most of the children wither cannot hear or speak or they only know a few words in which case I am able to understand what they are trying to tell me.  This placement is going to be a very stressful and draining time but I can already tell that my four weeks of love and compassion that I can provide to the children will make a very big difference.

On the touristy side of things, yesterday I took traditional Salsa dancing lessons then went out for dinner with 9 other volunteers, it is very interesting to talk to other people around my age with the same intentions, who are from all over the world.  Today after my Spanish class I went to the Cristo Blanco statue which allowed me to see all of Cusco from a birds eye view.  It was an amazing last two days and I can’t wait to get back into it tomorrow!!


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