Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A Day with the Barefoot Angels
I am losing track of what day it is....yes, it is Wednesday. Today, I went to the one of the Barefoot Angels sites in Santa Ana. We pulled up alongside a brick wall with a large metal door, with Angeles descalzos (Barefoot Angels) painted in bright blue paint on the outside. We opened the door, and there was another world inside. A grassy field, playground equipment and a low-slung building with about 25 children, from ages 7 to 12 waiting for us. Part of the building had walls in the back, but the part we worked in had only one wall. Hard to explain...
Anyway, we pulled out frisbees and played with the kids and they had a wonderful time. We gave out soccer shirt to the boys and mini-frisbees to the girls. Funny how most of the girls wanted their frisbees to be pink.
We then played a extreme body fact, dental hygiene, nutrition, and general anatomy jeopardy game. The kids were smart and got almost of the questions right. They were exhuberant and very excited.
We noticed about 4 or 5 of the kids' shoes were in bad shape and talked with one of the teachers, America, to figure out a way to pull them aside and give them a new pair of shoes from the bag of donations we had. We managed to find a pair of shoes for each of these kids and they were extremely appreciative. One little girl asked if she could give me a "besito" to say thank you for her new shoes. She gave me a sweet kiss on my cheek and through her arms around my waist and gave me a long hug. All of the children were so affectionate and loving.
We also rode on a swing - we affectionately called "the death swing." It was fun, but rather scary. The kids squealed every time they rode on it, and we also squealed when we rode on it.
We came back to Asaprosar for lunch and took a short break, then returned at 2 pm. In the afternoon, we had a group of 12 to 18 year olds. Marvin and Sid talked with the teenage boys about sex ed and Tara and Caitlin P. talked with the teenage girls. The girls were very open with their questions, and the boys were too. We played frisbees again with all of the kids and they loved it and also the jeopardy game with the younger kids.
I should write more, but am tired. I will upload a few photos.
Tomorrow, some of us who went to the Barefoot Angels today will be going to the dental clinic. New update tomorrow!