We organized volunteers to "adopt" some of the institutions we work at. After a brief orientation process, these charitable individuals are encouraged to create their own styles of giving and often get local merchants and other supporters involved as well. One such outpouring of affection had bakeries, restaurants and theaters donating lunches, snacks, games, activities and movies to over 100 orphans, age 5 and under. In addition to the fun they had, the children received personal time and attention from adults-something they all crave.
These volunteers spend much time preparing games and organizing events for the children who live at the orphanage. However, what looks good on paper… When dealing with children five and under, what you plan is not necessarily what you get! But the volunteers know that, like life, the unexpected challenges can also be the most educational and rewarding.
All in all, a day as described above proves to be lots of fun and a time of real bonding with the children. Who benefits more--the kids or the adults--is often hard to determine!