Inspiration and Strength

May 19, 2007 at 8:09 pm (Becky, Trip 2007)

Today we went to Nyumbani, an orphanage that houses only HIV positie orphans. It was founded in the mid 1990’s by Father D’Agostino, a Catholic priest from Long Island. He built up the the orphanage from a rented space with three children to now a well built, run, and organized facility with on site diagnostic treatment center and hospital that houses 96 children. There is a definite difference between the groups of children from Shangilia and Nyumbani, as all the children in Nyumbani have AIDS and not all children in Shangilia do. We were greeted with music and dance in one of the school houses and then we did a music exchange with the children, but we also just played with them in the playground, which was amazing. They crave love and attention and can’t wait to show you different tricks that they can do on the jungle gym and monkey bars and it is absolutely priceless to see how happy they get when you show that you are proud of them. Both these orphanages are unique in their own ways, and both equally special. I can’t want for tomorrow when we go back and give the kids the guitar pick necklaces that we made for them!

Love, becky


  1. Jeanne Hardy said,

    Your writing is so full of expression & from the heart. It is wonderful that ALL OF YOU are sharing your thoughts & feelings with all of us here at home.

  2. Michelle said,

    Becky! I can picture your face while you were writing that about them playing in the playground. I love you and can’t wait to hear more from you about whats going down on your trip. Mrs. Gravel is still constantly listening to your cd in her car and said she can’t wait for part 2 haha I miss you and love you so much email me soon.
    love michi.

  3. Michelle said,

    ps. i made someone a guitar pick necklace the other day before i left school and it made me think of you 🙂

  4. mom said,

    It’s the 5 extra (from last summer) guitar pick necklaces that I wanted to remind you to bring and I kept forgetting!!!!! And I see you all have that covered.

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