A day at the orphanage
It was pouring heavily on Saturday and only 9 of us managed to reach the orphanage. The building where all the kids were kept had two floors, one for the 0-2 year old babies and the other for the 3-10 year olds.
By: Atul Malikram
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love” ~Mother Teresa
It’s a small story of the creation of one of the most beautiful and memorable days in the lives of many of us at Hanmer MSL, Mumbai. After a weeklong of brainstorming, our team came up with the idea of visiting the orphanage “Missionaries of Charity”, located at Ville Parle. Soon after booking a time slot with the orphanage between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on 04th June, the responsibilities were divided amongst the team members of buying fruits, vegetables, chocolates, activity/drawing books, pencils, sketch pens, water bottles, etc for the children. The entire Team was extremely motivated and excited about being with the less fortunate and bringing smiles on their beautiful faces.
It was pouring heavily on Saturday and only 9 of us managed to reach the orphanage. The building where all the kids were kept had two floors, one for the 0-2 year old babies and the other for the 3-10 year olds. We peeped through the windows and doors to get a glimpse of around 20-25 new born babies and were moved to realize how lucky we all were to be born into good families who always took care of us, who fulfilled our needs and wishes and helped us grow and learn!!! “Many of these kids are born to affluent families but are abandoned for various reasons”, said one of the Sisters present there.
We soon moved to the floor above and what we experienced moved our souls. There were about 25 children, a mix of both boys and girls (primarily girls). As soon as they saw us, they literally ran towards us. The younger ones sprung onto us, wanting to be carried and hugged. I took one of them and lifted her. While I was playing with her, another kid was tapping my legs shouting out “Godi Godi” (lift me up). These children were extremely friendly and enthusiastic trying to seek our attention, while few others kept to themselves. We interacted with all the kids, gave them drawing books and crayons to color. Each one of us was monitoring 3-4 kids constantly because they would start crying and become restless after a while. There was a Sister and another staff member who helped manage these kids. They told us about the tragic life these children lived before and how these children are improving intellectually and physically after coming to the orphanage. Many children are abandoned because the child is born to unmarried couples and social pressures force the mother to abandon the child. Some parents abandoned their children because the child had brain or heart ailments while some children had either a single parent or no living parents. Some are simply abandoned because the child born is a girl!!!..While some leave their child because they cannot afford it. Sad!!!
By the time we were about to leave, we had emotionally bonded with every single kid, but there were few kids who easily managed to remain in our memories forever. We distributed fruits and chocolates to all the kids which filled their hearts with immense joy and in turn gave us happiness. We waved goodbyes to all the kids with a promise in our hearts to come back again and make yet another day in our lives memorable.
The experience was highly rewarding to all of us and surely we can only be better persons for getting to know these special kids. I plan on staying involved with this orphanage and hopefully getting the opportunity to return again and see how the children are doing. I will not forget all the smiles from the kids that I played with that day, and the horror stories that have already tainted their lives. No matter where in the world we go - kids are kids. They want to learn, they want to laugh and they want to play - but most of all they want a family. Our hope is that every child in the orphanage has their day - their day to be united with their mom and dad, with people who will shower genuine love and affection on them. Only then will the mission of humanity will be a Success.
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something”
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