Volunteering at The China Care Home-- Day 10, Summer 2010

July 21, 2010

Day 10 by Madeline Burbank

Even after being at the China Care Home for over a week now, each day still brings more surprises and excitement. Every night as a group, we explore the city of Beijing and see places we never even knew existed - such as our dinner last night at an incredible vegetarian restaurant run by monks! But inside the Home, there is also still so much to learn and see every day.

When I first arrived here I spent a lot of time in the toddler rooms called family housing units. I was so surprised at how excited some of the children were to see new faces. One three-year old little girl with a cast on her club foot ran over to me saying “bao, bao” (“up, up”) while a little boy clung to my leg.  Every day I’m greeted the same way by these kids so I start my mornings with a smile on my face.  And even the shy ones have finally come out of their shells! One boy, who used to hide in the corner, now runs up to me laughing as we chase each other around the playroom.

These last few days I have spent a lot of my time in the nursery rooms caring for the infants. Yesterday, I even helped a little girl walk one of the furthest distances I’ve seen her go, before stumbling into my arms.  And then there is one baby, who is one of the biggest, pudgiest babies I’ve ever seen! She has the prettiest eyes and is so content just playing with her blanket. Another ten month old seems to understand what is going on around him and it’s so fun to watch him learn.  Just today, I met two new babies who arrived at the Home last week, and watched them adjust so easily to their new surroundings.

Being here at the Home has been such an incredible experience and I’ve really been able to grasp how big an impact The China Care Foundation has on the lives of these children. It is a trip I will never forget.

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