Doing the Hokey Pokey

11 07 2009

On Thursday night, I had a couple too many drinks while out celebrating household birthdays. Nonetheless, I still had a great time. Funny side note: I met a fellow volunteer named Eliza, and she has a sister named Alexis.

My hangover was a bit rough on Friday morning, and I arrived at my project about half an hour late. I´m so glad I decided to go because it was a special day for the kids. Several doctors came to talk to the kids about sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Most of these kids are abused by their fathers, so I´m very pleased that people came to talk to them.

On top of this, the doctors looked at each kid and gave them toothbrushes and taught them how to brush their teeth. It was incredibly adorable.

And, to put some icing on the cake, I brought in my five-dollar speakers and children´s songs. We listened to Old MacDonald Had a Farm, The Wheels on the Bus, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You´re Happy and You Know It, and of course the Hokey Pokey, which we´re slowly teaching.

They absolutely loved the music, and they were so intrigued by my speakers. I´m not sure if they had ever seen speakers before. They were touching them and were so curious about how the speakers were transmitting the music. On Monday, I´m bringing in Michael Jackson music upon request.

Kids and Doctors

Kids and Doctors

Teaching the Kids About Hygiene

Teaching the Kids About Hygiene

The Niñas Brushing

The Niñas Brushing

Some of the Niños

Some of the Niños

Kevin

Kevin

Reynaldo

Reynaldo

Animal Crossings Are Very Typical

Animal Crossings Are Very Typical

After my hungover Friday morning fun, I took the bus back to Cusco and sat next to a very old Quechuan woman. I wanted to take a picture, but I didn´t think it would be very appropriate. I find the older Quechuan women very fascinating because in addition to looking really old and fragile, they carry so much on their backs.

I´m about to go explore some of the famous churches here. Then, I´m going to work on some fundraising letters for my project. If anyone would like to check out the project´s website, it´s here: http://www.asociacionwara.org/. The website is a work in progress and is by no means complete at all. At some point, I´m going to ask friends and family for donations. Even a small amount of money can go a long way.


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20 07 2009
Eliza

That is definitely a weird coincidence with the names!

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