Here is what they have done...
They also have the children paint pictures and t-shirts. They sell for 300 Baht which is about $10. That is expensive for Thailand, but the money they make from it goes into their own personal "account." They then get to buy a book or small toy and clothing with it. They are really quite good. It is all up to their own initiative. They can choose if they want to spend their time doing it or not. I could tell the children who had not made any were quite sad when we were buying the tshirts and artwork yesterday. I am sure when we go back today there will be many more! :) What a great way to teach the parable of the sower! My kids need to do this more.
The children are so good natured. It all goes back to the "tone" I talked about earlier. Root, Rosa, and Boy (funny name, ha?) LOVE these kids. They consider all of the children there to be part of their family. They have a family tree on the bakery window with all of their pictures together.
When I asked Root if the children are ever adopted, he says "No, we are a family here. The children would all be sad if someone left. We are one family, all together." He is exactly right. If our basic human need is to be loved, then they have everything they need and plenty of it. I asked Root if he ever got a break. He answered, "No, we never get a break. I don't see this as my work. This is my life." This is not a chore for them. They chose to do this, much like we chose to be parents. Only we, or should I say I, get tired, depeleted, expect a break, and complain sometimes of how hard it is to be a mom. THEY HAVE 36 children!! They have no dishwasher. No dryer. No real kitchen. No means. No way to "get away." No private room. No credit card. No life for them self. Only they