The end of a wonderful era

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My last day was really surreal because this week has been an extended out last day and so magical. Though the money we donate at Christmas time for charity goes towards items for poor villages throughout the world, it has been the most amazing experience seeing just how much this can impact and affect people as well as the joy and smiles such simple actions can bring. I took two girls to the market as i went to pick up the pillows to get them shoes and i have never seen two people more happy about something in their life. They were cuddling me the entire tuk tuk ride. Lackhana was crying into mine and Emma’s arms as we were saying out goodbyes, which was truly heart-breaking and really just cemented the impact we have had for these children. Borin thanked and blessed everyone and all my family and friends for their help and we were tightly held and not allowed to go for a very,very long time.

Over the course of my time at the orphanage the following has been donated and contributed to the children and orphanage:

– 17 uniforms, 100 kilograms of rice, 2 double be mattresses for the girls room, 17 pencil cases filled with pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, rulers, sharpeners as well as workbooks, colouring in books, art pads, paints and paintbrushes. All from my family
– 17 pillows for each of the children donated by Amiee
– 500 colouring in sheets sent in a package on its way to the orphanage from Jay’s mum, Julie
– A bicycle and 3 pairs of shoes for each of the girls who’s were broken and/or didn’t own them as well as the big feast of a lunch and fruit and vegetables to last a few days as donated by myself

The amount of love and willingness to help that I have had in the past month has put me on absolute cloud nine, as well as the children. It’s been so amazing to see the light in their eyes everyday and I wish I could share it with everyone, and all those that have helped.. It’s been the most amazing experience one that I would not trade for the world. It has definitely opened my eyes and my heart even more. The greatest gift truly is the gift of giving and I know that this is just the start of something. When I am home, I already have enquired about setting up my own sponsorship with one if the children (though it’ll be the hardest choice and I honestly wish I could smuggle each and everyone in my backpack home). It’s has shown me that it’s so easy to make a difference and also I have the most amazing people in my life. I have promised I will be back next year, and this is a promise I 110% plan to keep.

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