Tuesday, June 14, 2011
About 10 minutes from our home in Anstirabe is an orphanage where 22 girls and boys are being raised in a healthy and happy environment. They live on a nice piece of property with a great backyard, which was perfect for a kicking around a soccer ball and running around. We were curious about what would happen to the children when they reached 16 or 18 and could leave the orphanage, but after talking to Miri an 18 year old girl, she said that each child chooses a trade as they get older so once they leave the home, they will be able to get a job.
This one experience made me feel so much more at home and at peace with being in Madagascar. I don't know if it was because we were able to hug, swing, and run together, or because I became friends with my first Malagasy friend who happened to be a beautiful 5 year old girl named Cynthia, but I absolutely cherished these couple hours at the orphanage and hope to return very soon!