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A Bittersweet Day

29 December 2012

By Xilo

Throughout the trip I’ve been working on several projects:  taking pictures of the orphanages themselves, having the children fill out post cards, interviewing some of the older children so we could introduce them to our sponsors, and taking videos of the children stating what they want to be when they grow up.

The last project in particular has been difficult to complete and I was on a mission on this last day to get it done.  One of the older children at each home helped me rustle up the younger children and we went to the field beside each orphanage to do the videos.

Even in a field it was hard to get to find a quiet spot.  Workers cutting down palm fronds seemed to be following us, tractors passed by every once in a while and of course we had the cars, bicycles and tuk-tuks speeding through.  Having a sense of humour definitely helped and the children and I would burst out laughing with each new distraction.

In the end I think we got some good videos and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished project.  It ended up being a bittersweet day since I was happy to be finishing most of my projects (also got all the post cards written), but I had to say goodbye to the children just when I was finally starting to develop relationships with them (the boys had just started warming up to me).

Meeting the children and seeing some of our projects getting underway (at Sunway the bricklayers have started building the girls’ new bathroom) have definitely been highlights of the trip.  I think it will take a while to absorb all the new experiences and the things I’ve learned.  I’ll be posting a final blog after I get home on my reflections from this trip.  Now I’m off to catch my plane home.

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