Mama Tara's Orphanage is set in a beautiful place. It is full of beautiful children with beautiful hearts. The poverty however is just undeniable. I remember the first time I walked up to this place I was overwhelmed with grief and guilt and sadness. I knew then in that moment that Mama Tara's was a place we needed to work on. We needed it to become more sustainable. A little cleaner. A little safer.
Over time I forgot to see the poverty though. I forgot that this wasn't normal. That the children there all had lice and worms and that trash was everywhere and chickens and cats walked all over the food preparation table and that the kids drank filthy water from a plastic tub that probably held 50 gallons of stagnant water.
After you begin to see the life in the children's eyes and the love of the caregivers you forget that you are in such a place. Or maybe that it is you forget that it is not normal. Or maybe you just can't allow yourself to "see" it anymore because if you do your heart will just stop beating. I am not sure what it is that causes it... but somehow it just becomes... normal.
On day four Alex (an awesome local missionary) handed us a list of 6 tasks that Linda (a missionary who just began living at Mama Tara's) would really like to see happen. These things will be life changing even though they seemed like small tasks. Honestly I was a bit confused. I thought we were going to be working on the security wall... In hind sight it was God's perfect plan and I am glad to didn't question it but rather just trust the missionaries who understand life there.
One of the tasks. Repair the chicken coop!
Several of the guys worked and worked on that coop.
They had to basically tear out each wall and start all over. Don't worry the chickens run free during the day. They lock them up at night to keep them "safe".
As we were calling it a day on day four we were super excited because a chicken willingly went into the coop! LOL If we did nothing else in Honduras we saved one chicken!
The medical team started their clinic this day. I was so impressed with their organization. It was awesome to see how this all came together.
Even the workers and women at Mama Tara's came through the line.
Wendy started cutting the girls hair. She lovingly volunteered to cut and all of the kids hair. You can see the grin on FB's face. It made them feel so special to have someone do this for them.
Another thing on our to-do-list was to cut out a window for ventilation.