Over the past few years, I haven’t spent much time at our home for abandoned boys in Kawai. Since there isn’t any new construction going on on the property, work teams don’t spend a week there, and if they do stop at Kawai, they typically don’t spend more than a day or two. I think last time I spent a considerable amount of time in Kawai was my first time volunteering as an intern in 2008.
Lots of things can change over 4 years, the most noticeable being the boys living at Girasoles. Without spending time at the house, it is hard to develop relationships and get to know more about the Girasoles boys than just their name and maybe age.
Last week I was able to spend some quality time in with Girasoles Kawai and a group from New York City. The group had activities planned for the 35 boys for morning, afternoon and evening, since the boys were still on vacation from school making it a different than the typical work team experience which involves a construction/maintenance project.
But, instead of telling you about the week, I’ll let my photographs show you what I did…
We painted and colored…
…spent time with best friends (Ricardo and Jonathan).
…played Apples to Apples (or, better said Manzanas con Manzanas)
…made silly faces and smiled for the camera.
…went to the Huachipa Zoo
…went to the movies in Asia
… we had a soup for dinner with really loooong noodles and chopsticks.
… And, we made new friends. (with Gonzalo)
Also while in Kawai, I spent some time with Sabino, our schools worker for the area, and his two little girls. Here are a couple photographs I took of his beautiful daughters.