|Our early morning trek to school this past Saturday.|
Problem: Aside from some drawings the children made, there is not artwork or wall decor in most of the rooms at the orphanage. The bedrooms are particularly dreary. Solution: I'm thinking of contacting my favorite photographers on flickr to each send one inspiring photo to the orphanage that they can then hang up on the wall!
Problem: The kids don't feel especially loved or 'remembered'. Solution: I am making a brief call to the orphanage every day and asking to speak to a different child each time I call. Already started!
Problem: The children want to learn English but, no offence, the teacher at the school is really not qualified. Solution: Seeing if I can get Rosetta Stone to donate 2-3 sets of their English language program and convince the orphanage therapist to allow some kids access to the one orphanage computer to practice.
Problem: The children have no clean water to drink and therefore drink no water AT ALL! Solution: See if I can find enough people to donate so that I could set up a weekly delivery of fresh water to each group that they can access whenever they want. My friend Svetlana gets a giant container of water delivered to her apartment there every week, so I know it's do-able.
Problem: The children have no working knowledge of the outside world. Geography is foreign to them. Solution: In an effort to widen their scope, I want to see if I can get some big colorful globes and maps donated, perhaps get a church to take on the project.
Oops! Gotta run! More to come!