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I have been working at the orphanage for two weeks now yet it is still really difficult to put into words my experiences of being there. Nothing bad has happened there during my time, and I haven't seen anything that I've disapproved of, such as caning but its hard to imagine living the life they have everyday.
For starters they have not moved to the new orphanage yet, that should be happening in December and should totally enhance their lives.
At the moment 44 children live in a three bedroom bungalow and 10 of the older boys share 4 bunk beds (8 beds) in an extra room separate and behind the main house. The lounge is of decent size and around all the edges are battered worn out sofas. The painted decor of African Savannah and animals is fading.
It didn't take long at all before I had my new best friend - Peter who is 11 shortly followed by Phillip who is so chilled and cool!
Peter is around me all the time and is very energetic, playful and cheeky, but in a fun way. He likes to be thrown around and have play fights - with me. On Monday of the second week Gideon, also 11, started talking to me a lot more. He is almost the total opposite of Peter, he has energy for football but besides that he is very laid back and extremely sensitive, if I'm sitting down he will be around me and normally resting on me in some way.
I had an interesting conversation with Moses (8 years) and Emmanuel (14 years) yesterday about how it is against the law to smack, let alone cane a child in England schools or by the parents.
Another conversation I had was with Peter who asked if I believed in God, and then why not. I explained that my views are that of Apatheism which is there may be a God, there may not be a God but either way you don't care and it is down to people because over the last hundreds of years God has never shown himself to help mankind and with so much unbalance in the world then surely there can't be or what is he doing?
I asked him why did he believe in God, and he said that when he was abandoned at two months it was God that found him and had him placed in the orphanage, he said without a God he would be dead.
I have not spent any of the money I have raised yet, I've only been spending my money on them! On Monday I bought a football, a couple of toy guns and a handheld game and then on Tuesday I bought 4kg of meat which is enough for one meal. Everyone was very thankful as they only have meat during very special days like Christmas, New Year or one or two other days during the year.
After I bought this Meshak told me stop wasting my money on them and save it so I can come back and see him again.