Buffy Marco and their two boys heard about us through a called www.withlocals.com
Buffy and Marco wanted their two boys 12 and 14 years old to experience an orphanage in a foreign country. They come from Holland and Buffy and Marco do some work in a Romanian orphanage. It was great sharing stories and discussing the differences in orphanages in different countries.
As soon as they arrived at the orphanage Buffy and Marco wanted to start playing with the babies. Indy (12 years old, we called home lobster because he had been swimming and got sunburnt) and Olivier (14 years old). Indy was a bit more scared. I don't think they were as comfortable as their parents. They had bought a soccer ball so Marco started playing with it with Indy and Olivier and Truong, a 10 year old boy. This soon broke the ice. The babies were fascinated watching and started crawling after the ball. Truong was very happy because he doesn’t have many friends to play with his age as most of the children are much younger than him. He helps the ladies here look after the babies. He is very patient with them. After kicking the ball Marco, Indy and Olivier started to gradually play with the babies.
Olivier and Indy were very nervous in the beginning but soon they were happily cuddling them. Indy was quite scared, and I guess he never held a baby before. He held Duc (Duc is three months old. Indy rolled his eyes, and wrinkled his face, I think he tried to make Duc smile, Duc kept looking into Indy's face, and then he smiled. Suddenly Indy was smiling you would have thought that he had just made a big breakthrough.
Buffy and Marco were so touched with the babies. Buffy had bought a lot of new clothes from Holland for the babies. In the afternoon, after we visited around the temple we went to the beach which is just 1km away from the orphanage. We took Troung swimming with us. He can't swim but Marco and Buffy made sure that he was always safe and the two boys were very protective of him. The time went so
fast. The other people swimming there were fascinated by us having a young Vietnamese child with us. The other children soon wanted to join. After we swam Marco was invited to play a game of soccer with some young men but unfortunately we had to leave as it was getting dark.
The next day, Olivier, Indy and Buffy were playing football with Truong in the yard outside of the orphanage while Marco was playing with the babies. Buffy and her family left that night, they were very sad, Indy cried so much, Truong was very sad too. Everyone hugged and said goodbye to the babies and the carers. We took them to the bus stop for their overnight trip to Hoi An.
Thank you Buffy, Marco, Oliver and Indy for spending time and helping us.Indy and Olivier really enjoyed their experience in the orphanage. You too can bring your child so long as they are well behaved. This is an awesome opportunity for children to understand that not everyone has the same opportunities as them but still realise that these children are the same as them at heart.
Thank you for your help.