Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Orphanage

The orphanage we visited is named Casa Hogar, Galileo. It is in Monclovo, Mexico. This orphanage is a little different because not all of the children are actual orphans. Many of them are sibling groups and they have parents they see from time to time. The parents decided to send the children to Galileo because they are so poor they cannot provide for their children. They see the children once or twice a year. The orphanage offers the children a way to go to school and provides for their basic needs. They are also very Christian based and have Bible studies for the children everyday. I am ashamed to say, I am sure those children know the Bible much better than my own.
The building we stayed in didn't have hot water, and the toilets only worked part of the time. All over Mexico, you can't flush the toilet paper, so you put it in a trash can by the toilet. There is no heat or air conditioning. It was fine while we were there, but I can't imagine how hot it must get in the summer. Here are a few pictures of the orphanage. It is more like a compound with about 7 different buildings.















This is where their pig lives. They fatten it up until they eat it.



This is one of the many communities we saw as we were driving through Mexico. These houses are tiny, and made of cinderblock. The black tank on the top is their water tank. Water is not a given on any certain day, there are many days when the water just isn't there.

The next post will have more pics of the kid, I promise, I just wanted to share where we were.
P.S. My brother and SIL are in PA right now adopting a brand new baby girl who was born yesterday!!!!!

12 comments:

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Wow...those pictures really put things into perspective.

Congrats to your brother and SIL...that is great news!!

The Things We Carried said...

Who ho for the adoption!!! Tell us more about this orphanage!

Heather said...

Lovin the stories about the orphanage. Can't wait to read more.

Congrats to your brother & sister-in-law. How exciting that is!

Stephanie said...

It's hard to believe that the parents give them up so they may have a better life but that still doesn't include hot water. Teaches us how blessed we truly are!

Congrats to your brother and sil...can't wait to hear more about the little one!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the photos and the explanation..
Very interesting..
Congrats to your brother and SIL..
Hugs.
Have a great weekend..

Jill said...

Congrats to your bro and SIL!! How exciting!
Isn't sad that the conditions you descibed are what is considered "good" for them? I swore when I was in China that I would never complain again about the size of my house or the things that have or don't have. It certainly puts things into perspective.......
Hugs, Jill

sara said...

Congrats on the new baby :)

I am loving hearing about your trip in Mexico..

Keisha said...

These pictures speak volumes girl... they are speaking to me! We are Very Fortunate People!
Congrats on the new addition to the family! Can't wait to see pics of your new little niece!
Hugs!
Keisha

The Byrd's Nest said...

Congratulations on the new family member! How blessed they must feel.

These pictures are humbling and so are your words....thank you for sharing.

Felicia said...

What an amazing experience...thanks so much for sharing!

His Heart for Orphans said...

Wow!! I haven't visited your blog in sometime and you have been busy! Doesn't the orphanage just break you!! WooHoo on your newest niece!!

Carey said...

Hey Jennifer! Have a few minutes and catching up. Wonderful that you had the opportunity to go to the orphanage. Thanks for sharing! Hang in there with the busyness!

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