I am finally here!!! (well, I have been since Thursday afternoon) I landed in Johannesburg on Wednesday and on the drive to the Bed and Breakfast, I noticed that this town in South Africa looked a lot like Florida- there were palm trees and stores cluttered together everywhere! Not what I pictured it looking like, but this is a big city in
While landing in
On the way back to the orphanage, we stopped to pick up two of the girls who were visiting family in one of the villages. I would never remember where she lived though, because the "villages" were really just clumps of 4-5 huts along the way. Sometimes there would be just one village and then you'd have to drive farther to see another one, and other times the villages would be about 20 feet away from each other.
I have met all of the children and am still trying to learn their names (it will take awhile with 60 of them). A lot of the little ones were excited to see me and ran up to give me big hugs, but most of the older children were either too shy, or didn't care. I am still not sure what I'll be doing while I am here, I am the only volunteer until about mid February, so there are lots of things that need to be done. I think I will be teaching pre-school early mornings and maybe helping out with the older kids school until lunchtime. Today I was playing with the younger children a little bit and we took playdough (or claydough as they called it) and were making different things out of it. It was really interesting to me to see the older kids come over and start making animals for the younger ones. The thing that was even more interesting was that they were making elephants and buffalo, whereas children in
The last thing I am going to say before I go is to keep all of these children and ESPECIALLY four of these boys in your prayers. The day I arrived here, an incident had occurred that put these four boys at risk of becoming HIV positive. I went with Rebecca yesterday to get them tested and THANK GOD none of them were! But they have to come back to get tested again in 6 weeks, then 3 months, then 6 months and then finally a year to make sure they still don't have it. Rebecca said that hopefully at 3 months if they don't have it, then they probably won't have it at all. The boys, who are all about 6 years old, were all so brave getting their fingers pricked and don't really understand what is going on. Even today one of the boys asked, "Auntie Sarah, why did yesterday we get blood from our fingers?" There is no way I can understand what these kids are going through and I feel bad because my life has been so blessed compared to theirs. Please pray for all of them!!