Damage was done to the grounds.
Frank Lopez, Ray Rangwala, Alyssa York, and Jorge Vazquez traveled to Estado 29 for an orphanage visit on January 16-17, 2016. In reality we had heard about the damage from the recent rain storm. We had even seen pictures of the falling roof and of the pillars that had been placed strategically to support other places where the roof could fall. Imagining children sleeping with water dripping and cold nighttime temperatures. All of those imaginations turned out to be quite real.
As usual we had gone prepared to restock during our orphanage visit the kitchen and play with the kids. But other needs were now obvious, space heaters for the cold nights, blankets, and of course money to patch the roof. Generous donations and fundraising efforts help in meeting those needs. Yet there was an amazing lesson to be learned. In the midst of water that had flooded parts of the orphanage, cold winter nights, and leaky roofs, the hugs and love of the children never changes. Despite everything they had been through, if possible, the hugs seemed even longer and more precious. It should have come as no surprise. It was their way of saying how much they wanted us there. Our response was to not let go, to hold them tighter.
Like every child in the world they deserve nothing less.
One can’t guarantee there will not be another “El Nino” storm. But we can do our best to make sure that when it happens again; these children will be safe, dry and warm.
Please check out our website and see how you can help these beautiful children out. www.3aof.org The grounds always needs a little improvement and usually during winter months people donate blankets and space heaters. Let us know what you can contribute. Thanks!