Orphanage Visit... From the Eyes of a Teenager
Posted on January 16 2013
This past December, my family went to Mexico to help provide donations to orphanages there.
At first I was very apprehensive about the trip. I have never been the most social of people and I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I got there.
In all honesty, I was very surprised. When we got to the orphanages, I did not expect that many children. One of the places had what seemed like its own little dorm that was filled with kids.
I felt awkward, being unable to speak Spanish, but wow, in the end, I loved being with these children. They kept attempting to teach me Spanish words and kept complimenting me. All of them were so happy that we were there, I was really surprised. They barely had anything that would even be considered a toy. The living areas were small, and most them cramped, but they still kept laughing, and were so grateful. That trip really felt so incredible for me, because despite us only giving them things like candy, clothes, toys and a few necessities, they were so ecstatic.
In the end, I was glad my parents dragged me to Mexico.
One boy, his name was Diego, just walked up to me and gave me a bracelet. Despite it only being made of string, it was well made and I cherish it. I still haven’t taken it off. ☺
Check out our album from Day 2 of our Orphanage visit in December 2012.
Anika Sanchez, 17 yr old High School Student