Sunday, March 10, 2013

At the airport!

Flat Stanley and Thunder are keeping themselves busy before we depart!

Last photo in El Salvador!

Good byes are never easy, so instead we decided to say see you later! We have created amazing bonds with our group, the bus drivers, and the beautiful people of El Salvador!

So until next time, see you later El Salvador, we will miss you dearly!

Love always,
Raegan, senior at ODU, majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theology!

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Third Day on the Job

It's so beautiful here ! It's the 7th day and so much has happened since our arrival. Today was the second to last day for the house building! We put two rooms in the house and almost finished putting up the "wonder board". The family is getting so excited and it brings joy to our hearts just to see how happy they are. One of the boys that is living in the house told us it was magnificado! Steven, the "project manager" is a wonderful man. He is so strong and always has a solution to whatever problem we run into. He's like a little ball of muscle. His son Carlitos, who's 10, always comes straight to the worksite after school to help. He LOVES the camera and is always taking a bunch of photos. Kevin, a boy from Nan's parish, comes straight from school as well and goes straight to work. He is 19 and is adorable. He's the Salvadoran Tyrone. His birthday was yesterday so we got a card for him and we all signed it. At lunch today we sang happy birthday and gave him some quesadilla(which is delicious by the way and not the kind of quesadilla you are probably thinking of). "But, he loved it and I loved seeing that smile on his face. Nan is an amazing woman and I look up to her to much. She always has the best attitude and is hilarious. I love the group of people I have gotten to work with these past few days and it is going to be so hard to leave them."- Skylr. "I got to know the people living the house today more which was really awesome. One of them, Nicole, was asking me about my family and I told her about my parents and my sister and brother. Afterward, I asked her about her family. She told me that she doesn't have a dad. Also, her brother died years ago when he was shot by one of the gangs for no reason. It made me feel so accepted that she felt comfortable enough with me to share that. I have found that the people here are so genuine and caring."-Danielle.They accept us all and really want to get to know us. This trip has flown by! We have two full days left and only one work day. "I am not ready to leave but I am excited at the same time because I can't wait to share my experience here."- Danielle. At the work site today we got so much done that its hard to believe. However, we broke up into teams and each team had a certain task which helped a lot. It just shows that teamwork can take you very far. "Also, on the way to the site I saw a little boy on a bus stopped next to us so I waved. He got the biggest smile on his face which caused me to smile just as big. Seeing this happen shows that a simple smile and wave can brighten anyone's day."- Skylr. On the way back from the site all of us were singing in the van to the music Jorge ,our bus driver, had on his phone. It was so much fun. We stayed over at the site to get some extra stuff done so when we got back we headed straight to dinner. We had pizza ! It was delicious. After dinner, we had a quick reflection then had to pack because we changed rooms. We are now in a dorm style hallway so it will be interesting to see how much sleep we get tonight with 10 girls living in one area. Can't wait to see you all soon!

Danielle, freshman ODU and Skylr, ODU sophomore

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gremlins be snatching our people up!

It was a tough day today at the orphanage! All the ninos were sick, over half the babies were in the infirmary. The day went really slow because there were more workers then babies most of the day.
Melissa nĂºmero dos and I took a nap today at lunch because we were so tired from fighting off a gremlin in our room last night. Luckily Katie and Dani came in to save the day. Gremlin= curtain flapping in the wind. We were all cracking up over how silly we were acting.
The afternoon seemed to go a lot quicker because they joined forces and added the grandes ninos and medias ninos together in one room.
For those who don't know, I feel in love with a set of twins last year that are still in the orphanage. Joselynn and Root just celebrated their first birthday two months ago and are beginning to walk. I taught both of them this week to dance, blow kisses, stick their tongue out, and make the Oh Oh Oh noise by hitting their hands against there mouths. Each day I spent with them I fall more deeply in love and hope that one day I will be able to adopt the.
On our way home we found out that the house building crew was going to stay later to finish up their project for today. So our wonderful driver Mario drove us to get ice cream.
After dinner we had a very short reflection because all the students in the group had to pack up to move rooms. We are now all in one big room with separating walls. There is a picture below of our new home. There is also a picture of our friend the gecko who attends our nightly reflections, Albert!
Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Love always,
Raegan Haines
Senior at ODU
Early childhood major with a minor in Theology

Orphanage group this morning

The house build team before work today