Today was the first day that we went out into the communities to visit Compassion centres. The one we went to was about 45 minutes from the Hampton Hotel where we are staying. We took 5 large suitcases & bags with us to I’ve to the centre at the end of our visit. These are the bags we filled last night after sorting all of things we brought from home for this purpose. Here is a photo of the Compassion centre staff with the suitcases of items:
When we first arrived at in the village, we were welcomed in the church where once again young children were the musicians and singers. They gave us a great welcome and we all introduced ourselves and they tried to say each of our names. Some of them were really hard for them. It was a lovely church with a tile floor.
When we were finished with the singing and introductions, we went to the Compassion centre 3 doors down the street and helped distribute the snacks to the young children and then sat and talked with some of the moms who have infants in the Child Survival Programme. Most of us got a chance to hold these precious little ones and learn more about the moms and how the Compassion programme has helped them. We learned about the play room, how often the mothers come from the time they know they are expecting until the baby is 1 year old, and programmes available to help the moms to learn more about hygiene and about how to have their own home business. It was really interesting and the moms were really sweet about sharing their stories with us and letting us ooh and ahh over their babies. This is one of the implementers and the baby toys for child development.
Then we had lunch in a kind of community centre across the street and returned to go to visit some of the moms in their homes. The family my team of 4 visited with a translator and one of the implementers from the centre. We had a lovely visit with a lady from Haiti who lives in 2 rooms with her husband, an 8-year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 1-week-old. She was very welcoming and open about her situation. She paid $20 US monthly for these two rooms and her husband usually made about $40 US/month. They were delighted with the box of food we took them and the mom allowed us to take a picture before we left.
Then we returned to the centre and gathered what we needed from the bus to play baseball (some of us just cheered). We played two innings against kids who clearly love baseball, work on their skills, and played extremely well. They did a bit of an exhibition game after they played us and they were awesome.
Back at the hotel, we had some time to decompress and some of us made it to the pool for a bit of a swim before we met to debrief about our first day of visits. Dinner and a chance to socialize before heading to our rooms to relax and get ready for bed. My relaxation is writing my blog to keep you folks at home informed. Tomorrow will be another full day of activities, so Cheers! for now.