05/07/2006: "GROWING UP TOGETHER"
PICNIC AT THE BEACH WITH THE ORPHANS
There isnít any school or program which can teach us and guarantee us to be a good parent to the children. The moment the children were borned, we are automatically became a parent. It is your responsibility for everything to do with the infantís life and its progress. (It is not easy to be one),
For us who are having the excess of books, internet and schools, we are having the ability to learn more from others by reading. For villagers who do not have all the above excess, things can be different. They can also learn from their parents or neighbors but the quality of the information will be limited and tends towards what usually being practiced for that under develop or less educated community. It was sad to find out during our visits to the orphanage neighbors and during our visits to the other villages for knowing that there are so many things are rather sad to know. For example when one of having some wounds , a person who considered as the knowledgeable person will chew such leaves and put the chewed leaves on the wounds ( infections will definitely happen instead of cure ). Some people would do funny things by our standard because of their limited knowledge. Knowing the problems at the neighborhood we are hoping that both our library and the mobile library will give a contribution to the villagers upon enriching their knowledge. We have been trying to do our best on passing some useful information about sanitation and preventing mosquito breeding ground etc...
At the orphanage we trying to learn from the childrenís background and to teach them how to go about and dealing with illnesses which can be prevented by our self. Simple thing like washing their hands before meals is mandatory. Diarrhea is a common thing to happen if dirt coming into the stomach, wounds should be covered from the flies, a proper sewage and drainage must be kept clean and no standing water. There are so many basic things that we have to tell them children continuously. Leaving them to the hands of the locals, our orphans will never depart from poverty and to progress. (So, full time commitment is required)