Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 4- Drawn From Water

On the fourth day we went to an orphanage called Drawn From Water. Currently only 13 kids live at this place. Its a small home with several staff members which is a great ratio for these kids! Click on the link and find out more about Drawn from water.


Part of our crew as we were preparing to leave that morning for Drawn from water.


Jason immediately found himself a little one to love on!


These kids were obviously scared of us. You can tell it is not often that they see white people. They were very unsure of us and it took quite some coaxing for them to even crack a smile at us. The older ones opened up more when we busted out the crafts but the babies really didn't let down their guard that much. These kids are really cared for! They've even fashioned the home to seem like its a "home" situation. They have rooms with a two to three bunk beds, one baby bed, and one nanny bed. Each room is this way and so every night the kids have an adult in the room sleeping with them. The kids were very bonded to their nannies which was good! I told Brian, though, that if these kids were able to be adopted we would be starting that process yesterday! The goal with Drawn from Water is to eventually reunite these kids back with their biological families.


Daria and her sweet baby...


We set up a craft table for the older kids. We brought foam crosses, coloring sheets with scripture on them, etc. They had a great time! I remember at one point sitting and coloring with one of the kids and she copied EXACTLY everything I put on my page. It was sweet!

Dad had a good time trying to get the little ones to open up with a ball!

Tara and "Bubba"! This kid was hefty! And so very serious. Even at the end of the day he barely cracked a smile. But we enjoyed loving on him and feeding him lollipops!



Chelsea brought a bunch of cars that someone donated and this was the perfect place to bust them out! The older kids and younger kids both really loved them!


Chelsea found a special little girl to love on! She was so frightened of us at first but eventually only let Chelsea hold her! They bonded quickly!



The nannies at Drawn from Water love these kids...its very apparent! And they have beautiful hearts! They enjoyed seeing themselves on our cameras!







Taylor making crosses with this sweet girl!



Billy, our resident photographer, captured some very sweet moment during the entire trip! This was one of my favorites!







Bubba!



The older kids went nuts with the crafts! Look how creative!



This bike was really warped and needed a little help! Billy helped balance the back so this boy could ride....they need a new one don't you think?



Chelsea's girl....



Me and "Bubba"




Sara and Taylor handing out lollipops

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ForTheLoveOfOrphans said...

Hi Amy,
I'm an AWAA family, too, and am about to head to Africa with VO. We're going to Ethiopia and Uganda in April.

I've LOVED reading your blog!
I was hoping you could e-mail me so I could as you a few basic questions).

Thanks!
Angie
promqueen216@yahoo.com
www.ourchinagirladoption.blogspot.com

ForTheLoveOfOrphans said...

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I'm an AWAA family, too, and am about to head to Africa with VO. We're going to Ethiopia and Uganda in April.

I've LOVED reading your blog!
I was hoping you could e-mail me so I could as you a few basic questions).

Thanks!
Angie
promqueen216@yahoo.com
www.ourchinagirladoption.blogspot.com

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