When we started working on building the playground, several kids came out from school, and morning chores to check out what we were doing. Most stood back and just watched us, some tried climbing on the equipment as we built, and one ornery little girl Katarina (we became fast friends) started playing a game of catch me if you can with the jungle gym we were putting together. We did finally get it together. After several days we completed the entire playground, a jungle gym, trampoline, hop scotch, balance beam, and even fixed the two swing sets they had there. The kids LOVED IT!
To see the smiles on their faces as they climbed, and played was worth the work. Plus I even got to use some power tools.
There are about 40 or so kids in the orphanage. There were a few who really captured my heart.
Katarina was of course one of them. She has a twin sister Nicole, a younger brother Josweigh, and younger sister Carla. Katarine reminded me so very much of my Katie when she was younger. Always running at full speed, happy, and curious about everything. She Loved playing and running. She has a beautiful smile and her laugh was contagious.
Xavier caught my attention right away. He was quiet and shied away from all the noise and action. He was afraid to slide, jump on the trampoline and swing by himself. I spent much of my time swinging with him, and encouraging him. His smile and little laugh warmed my heart. I can still see his smile as he would conquer a fear.