Monday, January 30, 2012
7 Days In
We have seen, felt, and experienced so much in the last couple days I do not even know where to start. The best part of the trip was getting to know all the orphans better. I am continually amazed at how naturally happy they are. It is absolutely amazing to me. Our kids every 5 minutes need a drink, or want some candy, or are begging for ice-cream, or a souvenir etc. while these orphans never ask for anything and always say no if you offer them something-- all with a smile on their face. I need a little bit of that to rub off on my kids :)
It has been an eye opening experience learning about their stories from Botevy. I already have about 6 that I am going to take home with me. That is reasonable right? I am thinking 12 kids is pretty much the same as 6 :) Matt is already laughing at me, but don't be surprised if one of them makes it home with us. Most of the children here have parents still living, but they can not afford to feed them or send them to school. There are so many wanting to come to Botevy's orphanage, but there is not an endless amount of room. They just took 5 more children in a couple of months ago. Sray Mi is one of them that has only been here a few months. She is 12 and she is here because her father left their mother for another women. He gives all the money he makes to his girlfriend. So, Sray Mi's mother is left with 6 children to take care of and no way of supporting them. Botevy was able to take in only one of the children. Botevy told me that Sray Mi keeps asking her if she could go back and go back and get her 10 year old brother. That broke my heart.
Sarong is 10 and is here because her uncle is a member of our church and heard about Botevy's orphanage. He like so many others pleaded with her to take her in because her family was "so poor."
There really is a great deal of poverty here. Yesterday we bought some boxes of Top Ramen. Botevy said it would be good to hand out to the people in the provinces who are "so poor." Botevy and her daughters Sunny and YaYa have hearts that never stop giving. On our drive home today we pulled over on the side of the road and started to hand out one pack of Top Ramen to each child on the street. Botevy wanted to do this for her orphans as well. She wanted them to remember how blessed they are to have food, a home, and clothes. It was so sweet to watch these orphans hand out the TopRamen to these children. They must have had mixed emotions as they were there because most of them had been in that position before in their life, and some of them as recent as December.
Cambodians, children and adults, started coming out of the wood works. I will never forget that experience. They were so excited for one serving of Top Ramen. The children standing there completely naked holding onto their noodles is a sight that makes you just stand still for a moment.
As a mother I took a minute to look at each of my own children's faces. They were somber. They were quiet. I knew they had never seen anything quite like what was before their eyes.
The look on Brandon's face says it all. At that moment you want to take the shirts off your back and find any food you had in the car and give them anything you could. This might sound a little strange, but for me there was almost a kind of reverence there on the side of that busy highway. I worried about them, I still worry about them and I can't get them out of my mind.
On Sunday we had another unforgettable experience. We went to see the "water village." It is on the border of Vietnam and Cambodia and there is a whole group of people that live literally on the river. Words can not describe it, so I will post some pictures.
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