Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Orphan School

It's been awhile since my last post but there hasn't been much of note worth blogging about. Things are pretty boring here. I work 11 hours a day and then try to find a little time to workout. I think I'm starting to get tired of the food around here as I've been making a mental list of what I want to eat when I get home for R&R.

The other day, we went to the Orphan School to deliver the backpacks and school supplies that we collected. I've included some photos. The kids were really nice, appreciative, and opened up to us very quickly.

Logistically it was a little interesting. We always travel with our "force protection" people that consist of 1 military and 1 local shooter per vehicle. Once we got out of the vehicles they fan out around us just in case we start taking fire from a neighboring building...we didn't take any fire, but it was interesting nonetheless.

We presented backpacks outside and then went into the school to pass out candy and do some puzzles with the kids. As I mentioned before, each child got a puzzle and tons of school supplies in their backpacks. I was in the youngest classroom with some boys about Matt and Sam's age. It was nice to do puzzles with them just like I used to do with my boys.

After spending some time in their school, the kids came back outside as school was over for the day. All the kids wanted to meet us, shake hands, have pictures taken with us, and check out our bulletproof vests and other gear.

It was a neat experience. I hope to have more similar experiences while I'm here.


  1. This alone would make the whole thing worthwhile. This is awesome!

  2. What a ministry you provide for these children. So well behaved, sweet, and I hope innocent to the strife their country is going through. None of these boys have families . . . my heart breaks . . . they are the worlds citizens of tomorrow. What a role model you are to them. Be Safe . . . we love you.

  3. I am so proud of you that you were able to help with this mission!

  4. What an amazing thing that you did! That will be such a highlight of your trip I am sure. I loved seeing the pictures. I am sure it was bittersweet playing with the younger children. But, what a great feeling knowing that you made their day and improved their lives, if only for a moment. Such a cool thing.
    What things do you want to eat when you get home? What's at the top of your list? It's coming very quickly....

  5. So glad that you were able to have such a great experience. Be sure to let us know if you are going to collect supplies to give away because we (and I'm sure there are others) would love to participate.

    We are anxious for your visit. Send me your food list. Love, MOM