They did not have the money to go back to the forest after taking the child to the hospital, and so Chinju and her brothers were left to survive on their own. She is amazing and can climb the trees to fetch jackfruit for the Sisters. She reminds us of a smiling little monkey w/a mischevious grin and sparkle in her eyes. “Marina” is a 13 year old who just returned yesterday from the hospital for stitches in her leg (she fell) and her English is almost impeccable for her age. Her mother Bianca, a local house maid, is visiting her this week and staying with us at the orphanage and both Bianca and Marina are so happy to be with each other. Marina’s father was a “drunkard” according to her mother, and this is how he died. Now Bianca just wants to continue cleaning, and make sure her daughters have a good life. She hopes that Marina will come to college in America and become a nurse.
(Loren=when I asked Marina how long she was staying, she said, until Saturday, so I can meet your husband. 🙂
Daily Activities include:
- 5:30 am-Morning Hygeine-
- Wake and fold up mats from sleeping on floor
- Morning Prayer w/Sister Sophie
- Teeth brushing, face washing, doing each others hair6-7am-Morning Mass & Breakfast
- This weekend is “holiday” -play time on Sat and Sun-but still studying to be done, cleaning, washing clothes, sweeping, etc…
- Practiced Ashtanga Primary series on terrace w/them after washing clothes on the stone rocks-
- also partner yoga-
- They shared w/us traditional indian dances and songs they have learned in school-
they have seen your photos and are excitedly awaiting your arrival!! They have many Sisters around, and female figures, and are always asking about “husband??”
Tonight we head to Kovalum (5 hour drive) to meet up w/Sonia & Shiva, and probably won’t post again for 2-3 days.
Love to you all from Tara & I!