Saturday, September 02, 2006
In any neighborhood here, no matter how wealthy, you don't have to go very far to find the poverty that permeates this nation. The scenes here are from an orphanage just down the road from my apartment complex, run by the sisters of Bon Secours.
The orphanage has about 100 girls, most from the surrounding villages and the city itself. They come to the orphanage by various routes---most through word of mouth. Some are "half orphans"----usually meaning their mother is dead--but most are "full orphans" , with no living parents or family. They go to school next door at the St. Francis Xavier academy.
One of the women in our IT group spends some time here every month, and has donated funds to teach the girls to dance. They put on a little show for us, and also helped another co-worker celebrate her birthday by singing "Happy Birthday" --in English!