I got an email this morning from Erica, who is leading our group to Sierra Leone in May. She gave us an idea of some of the things we'll be doing while we are there.
1. We'll be collecting pediatric scrubs for the caregivers at the orphanage to wear. If you have any or know someone who might, please let me know! It would be great if we could find some really fun ones for the kids! I'm sure that goofy pictures of cartoon characters and kid-friendly things would brighten the place up.
2. Because the kids don't get out of the orphanage that much, we are going to take the kids to the beach for a day. (Note to self: Be prepared to wear the swimsuit). We expect the kids will love an outing and the workers will enjoy a day off!
3. We will visit two refugee camps, at Kroo Bay and Grafton. The war was over in 2002 and Sierra Leone is peaceful now. However, families are still living in refugee camps eight years after the war ended. We'll be delivering soccer balls and candy to the children there.
4. We will spend time ministering to the women and children at one of the few children's hospitals in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The hospitals there do not offer food to family members (usually moms) who stay with their sick children. Because food on the street is so expensive, these moms sometimes go for days without eating so that they can stay with their children. We'll be delivering care packages filled with food, monetary gifts and toys for the kids.