So today was the first day implementing the lesson plans at the orphanage. Exhausting emotional day.
The day began @ 4:50 A.M. Ugh! We took a taxi to the bus station and we were all on our way. The town of Vung Tau is south of Ho Chi Minh City about 2 1/2 hours away. What a ride! Our bus driver was skilled but aggressive. I see you have to be an aggressive driver to take part in the controlled chaos that takes place in the streets. Imagine, you are driving and there are people merging from every angle honking and finding a piece of road to call their own.......it is insane! To his credit, the bus driver got us their safe and sound. I was very happy to hear however, that we would be taking the hydrofoil boat (much quicker) back to Ho Chi Minh City!
Today's lesson was actually sending and replying to an e-mail. So they each created a little note to send to their computer lab partner for the first time. It was so precious. One kid sent an e-mail to the kid next to him and when the e-mail showed up in his friend's inbox, he raised his hands in victory over his head and said, "Yes!" We all had a good laugh. Actually my family sometimes has the same reaction when I successfully complete a task on the computer! Not really, but sort of.
So the next class was an older group, more sophisticated, creating a WORD document. The kids seem to enjoy that and really learn something. As much as I felt like it was so good to be there today, there was a palpable sadness in the room. The kids know you aren't staying, they know that they are probably not going to be adopted by anyone and so they know that the inevitable goodbyes will come and things will probably stay the same for them. The work that Orphan Impact does is so great because they give the kids an opportunity to tap into the same stream that our kids tap into, so I would like to think that gives them some glimmer of hope for their future. I don't know.
Love to you all,