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chokwe #004

it has been such a long time since we saw those beautiful children.

last time we visited Sister Isaura’s orphanage was 3 days before chritsmas where we tried to show and bring with us what chritsmas was to us. we delivered not only new clothes, but our whole hearts. it was a day of joy, of so much hapiness and so many rewards. one could get used to this… the children… and mostly us.

some people call it charity, others personal selfishness, others simply say it’s a gift, or kindness, or self aknowledgment or just love. i personally think it’s all of these feelings. no one gets envolved in something like this without aknowledging  that there is some sort of great feeling it brings to your own self.

this weekend we went to the orphanage first because it had been so long, we missed that place so much, and secondly because we had taken on the task of getting new baby cribs to the orphanage. there are new babies coming and “old” babies still needed individual beds. we ordered 6 and 6 were delivered saturday morning to the orphanage. believe me when i say this, they were so happy. or course we arrived a bit before their lunch time so they didn’t sing as much as last time, i guess they were hungry but we loved the usual welcome and the gorgeous goodbye.

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Sister Isaura couldn’t have been happier. she was delighted that the “baby room” is now complete with these new 6 white cribs.

This is manly why we have decided to be a part of this project, to be a part of their lives, because first and foremost this is what it’s all about… giving… helping…making them know that we’re here. understanding what are their basic needs and develop them into something that can done ASAP. maybe if we’d make a list we’d come up with so many other things we could do, but beore we get lost in our own ideas of european orphanages, and the needs of european children adapted into this environment all it takes is to look around and understand and give it enough attention to see the little details that could turn their lives around.

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and here is where i can honestly say it is very easy to forget and not see the thin line between helping others and helping you feeling better about yourself. but to me, there is nothing wrong with it. because when those beautiful faces with eyes so open they swallow you in, whisper “thank you” in their shy voices or sing out loud “obrigado” there is such an amazing feeling in your heart, because you know it started with just a wish, it started with you saying you just want to help an it becomes so much more. the more you see the effect it has on these tiny lives it makes it so much better and so much more worth it.

there is nothing i like more tan hto know that what we can do to help will really change their lives. and all it takes is a few hours with them under the hot hot sun singing a few songs, or giving them each a tshirt, or asking Zezito where his front tooth is, or proudly staring at Gina and admiring such hope in such a small child. this all makes us better people. and if it takes seeing them grow to make myself feel better then i don’t really care if it’s selfish, it’s a beautiful feeling. we all become better people with it.

chokwe #001

this is a story of an orphanage. this is a story of survival. a story of one person, sister isaura and a story of an ONG who looked onto these children and decided to lend a hand. a story of children with no families, with children with almost no food, with no new clothes, with no new toys.

this is a story of the children with the biggest smile. Rosinha and João invited us to join them on one of their last visits to the orphanage before they leave definitely to Portugal to get married and get a job. we join them with a few expectations, a few fears but mostly an open heart.

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they sang when we arrived, they sang when we presented ourselves, they sang when we smiled and when we left. i can’t imagine what it was like for Rosinha and João as they knew it’s be one of the last times they’d see these beautiful smiles, but i hope they could see in the children’s eyes how much they loved them. they are forever grateful to them and for us that was so visible!

Aldo and i have offered our help in whatever way we can and they see fit. “UM PEQUENO GESTO” the ONG who is behind this project has open up their arms to our help. our help will come in a shape of a new building for the orphanage, seeing that they need more space and more infrastructure, because the number of children that sister isaura is “collecting” is growing everyday… sadly.

we will do our best, and you’ll follow this new meaning to our lives with me.

(this post was meant to be written 2 weeks ago… but better late than ever!)