It has been an exhausting and yet, extremely rewarding day. We held our first clinic at Melara, a community of about 2000 people close to the Pacific coast, and heavily affected by the flooding in November. On our way there we even had to drive down into the dry river bed because the bridge is still being repaired. I tried taking some photos, but unfortunately they are too blurry.
Before I get into today's clinic, I should write a little about our trip to the Remar Orphanage yesterday. As I mentioned yesterday, the kids were absolutely adorable! The smiles we got and the little ones playing was a joy to watch. We learned that although the government places children there, they are funded solely by donation. No child is ever kicked out. When they are old enough they work as a volunteer, taking care of the younger kids. The baby I'm holding in the photo from yesterday's post is actually not an orphan. She's is the child of one of those kids who grew up, got married, and is still helping. Some of the children there aren't actually orphans, but they were taken away from their parent(s). Sometimes they go back home, but that is a rare occurance. They seemed so happy and carefree. There were at least 3 stuffed animals on every bed, clothing folded neatly in stacks, and shoes piled in corners. They are well taken care of, which was wonderful to see.