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Orphanage accounts

Not a lot has occured since my previous blog entry. I received my Spanish test back to find that I did not performed as poorly as anticipated however, am still not terribly satisified, however I am still learning...ever so slowly.
This week at the orphanage has been so enjoyable! On Tuesday the girls had Valentine visitors from an all boys school located near the orphanage. Each boy presented a Valentine gift for each girl...it was quite darling. As names were called, each girl approached the front of the crowd of students to bashfully embrace their Valetine. It was so adorable...but also interesting. Because the girls and boys otherwise engaged in no further interaction with one another. Music was played and it was not until myself along with the other student volunteer from CEDEI, Arthur, got up and startd dancing that they were comfortable doing the same.
On Thursday when I arrived all fifty girls were busily washing clothes by hand. All were lined up sitting next to their on pile of clothes, each given one bar of soap and a wooden board on which to wash their clothes. There were two hoses spouting cold water from which to rinse soapy clothes and all wet clothes were placed on clothes lines to dry. It was surprising to see 6 year old girls washing their on clothes, this was very laborious. To wash one shirt took me close to 30 minutes. It was incredile to witness this process being conducted so quickly, so efficiently, so whinelessly :)
It was an excellent learning experience and certainly one that enhanced my appreciation my relatively labor-free existence.
Tonight we depart for Baños Ambatos for Carnaval. We are taking a bus that departs at 12 midnight, we arrive tomorrow morning around 9:00 AM and stay until Tusday afternoon. I am so thrilled!

Posted by A Burrows 07:44

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I wish my children were there to witness these girls washing thier own items. My boys feel as if they were worked to death when we asked them to take out the garbage or feed the dogs. Can't wait for the next blog.


by jeannem

Thanks Lex. I can "see" you all washing and will keep this image as I gather my laundry to put in the MACHINE. Ironic that as we have more we are less appreciative and grumble more.

by shelly b

Hola Alejandra. Es obvio que tienes un tiempo fantástico. Recuerdas de tomar toda oportunidad posible para usar el español. Querría yo estar en tu lugar. Gale

by senorag

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