Monday, July 6, 2009

Daily Routine

While in Ghana, we volunteered in God's Eye Orphanage in a small town called Nkwanta 7 hours north of the capital city Accra. Each morning we woke up around 6 and walked over to the orphanage. When we got there, the kids would be brushing their teeth (with toothbrushes and toothpaste that we brought).

After brushing teeth, it was bath time via bucket bath. Here is how that works: Buckets of water were brought up from the river. The kids would all get naked and gather around the buckets and then one at a time the white people would pour water on them, scrub them down from head to toe, rinse them, and send them to......

Drying and moisturizing! We dried them off and lathered them up with cocoa butter.

While kids were being dried and lathered, they would also be looked at by said dryer/lather-er for sores and other injuries. If someone was spotted with an injury, they were sent to medical. Here is matt fixing a foot sore:

Here i am cleaning a lower back/upper buttocks wound. Lovely.

This is Eugenia. She HATED medical. Hated, hated, hated. So...everyday after we treated her nose/forehead duo on display below, she did...


For a good 20 minutes. Every. Morning.
After Eugenia got out her feelings, they all lined up for breakfast. For some reason, no matter how many spoons we bought, there were never enough. Weird, I know.

After breakfast, we sent them to school where they stayed until 3:00. Around 3:30 we went back over to the orphanage and played all afternoon. On this particular day we taught them Duck Duck Goose.

This was a bubble day where we blew bubbles and watched the kids run after them. I don't think they had ever seen bubbles like that and it was crazy fun!

We usually stayed until 6 pm-ish. After that we went to the community center for a drink or just back to the house. More to come ya'll

1 comment:

TJ said...

I'm thinking I might fuss for 20 minutes every time medical messed with my nose if it looked like that...poor little thing. That's a lot of little naked bodies there.