Monday, April 12, 2010

A Year in Pictures #12


These kids are living in an orphanage in the area near Zanglais.  We visited the orphanages with one of the teams who was here over the summer.  If I remember correctly they feed about 180 kids a day (a few kids sneak in through the gate at meal time) but I’m not sure how many kids stay at the orphanage on a permanent basis.  We toured some of their dorms where the kids sleep in bunk beds on foam mattresses that are aired out regularly to dry them out so they don’t smell so much like urine.  There was very little, if anything, beside the bunks in the rooms; no toys, no games, nothing that would make it seem like children lived there.  At least they have food in their bellies and clothes on their backs.  I believe its at something like 14 years old that the kids are released from the orphanage and left to care for themselves.

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