Now it is better

Today is Saturday.
The weather is beautiful and, very importantly, the traffic is not busy at all.

Therefore we decided to pay a visit to the Orphanage where there are many children with mental problems. We went there to deliver clothes, educational toys and gifts for the children. On our arrival in the orphanage we were happy to see a group children chatting and playing in the garden, well assisted by two carers.

Tancabesti Orphanage

Tancabesti Orphanage

As we approached, the children recognised us and ran to welcome us. One of them was Georgiana, an old “friend” of ours who was very proud showing us the “jewellery” she got from us on a previous visit there. Soon we were surrounded by children who were overjoyed to receive a new t-shirt, trousers and slippers. Considering our first visit to the orphanage when the children were half undressed and screaming and grabbing clothes from our bags no matter what size, we realized that now it is much better! The group of children is not very large this time and definitely better organized by the carers.

Led in by the director of the Orphanage we went to visit the gymnasium. There we noted with satisfaction some children playing table tennis, others jumping on the trampoline and on the climbing frame. Five years ago the teachers in the Orphanage expressed a great desire for a place where the children could spend their energy. Soon we started the project “Gymnastic room for the Orphanage” and, in less than eight months two rooms were completely refurbished and transformed into a quite large, fully equipped gymnastic room. Today, instead of nervous, bored children spread around the Orphanage we found them burning that energy while playing in the gymnasium. This is much better!

Next door to the gymnasium is a little classroom very colourfully decorated, furnished with tables and chairs and filled by the voices of six lively children looked after by a teacher. Two boys were constructing a palace out of Lego bricks while three girls were doing the colouring of storybooks. Ionela, a ten year-old girl, impressed us. She was rocking her doll –baby with a motherly expression. Her beautiful, big black eyes were watching the “baby” and giving it the love and affection she herself had probably missed. She gladly accepted our hug but did not allow us to touch her dolly.

Tancabesti Orphanage

Tancabesti Orphanage

Looking at this lively classroom we realized that now it is better than a few years ago when we visited a dark classroom and got surrounded by a group of bored, irascible children. Things are no longer this way. Marian, a tall boy of seventeen years of age, welcomed us to his bedroom – a big room of about twenty beds. Now the room looked bright and clean – so different from one previous visit when we decided to do something to improve the look of the bedrooms. We are now seeing clean beds, new mattresses and bed sets. Add the refurbished floors, walls and windows and find a complete change of atmosphere. The nicest moment came when Marian returned to the room and could not recognise his bed – the new covers on every bed were confusing him. He even asked for permission to sit on his own bed!

Tancabesti Orphanage

Tancabesti Orphanage

Look at the bedrooms! Look at those new decent toilets! Feel the atmosphere in the Orphanage!

We definitely say once again: Now it is better!

Sister Mary Aloysius

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