Follow-Up on One of GLA's Graduates

 

A few weeks ago, one of our children was reunited with her twin sister at another orphanage. Today, myself and another volunteer went to visit her to see how she was coping. As we arrived at the gate we could see many of the older children playing in the yard. One or two of them poked their eyes through the door crack and then ran away continuing to play. After knocking several times, a local gentleman came along and was finally able to get one of the children to notify the guard. In my broken Creole I explained that we were from Madame John's orphanage, after which he gladly welcomed us in. One of the children was instructed to lead us up to see Miss D. We passed through a dark hall, greeting the kitchen staff, and then up a few flights of stairs. As we entered the room where we had previously dropped off Miss D, we found several children including Miss D's twin sister but no sign of Miss D herself. After a few seconds of panning the room, I spotted her amongst a group of children crowded around one of the staff handing out crackers. As I called her name, she looked at me in confusion and then ran right past me to her previous volunteer, Elise Christensen, and gave her a big hug. We stayed for a short while Elise and Miss D giggled and hugged. When it came time to leave, Miss D threw a short fuss and then settled in the arms of one of the nannies there. 


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