The other day I went to La Casa Rosada AIDS orphanage. I had a client that wanted to drop off some clothes he brought down, and to find out what else he could bring on his next visit. As always, the place was spotless and the kids all laughing, playing and just being kids.
One new addition to the orphanage, Carlos, was very reserved and shy. The Nun in charge, whose name escapes me now, was very patient with him, and trying to bring him out of his shell. The one thing I noticed was that he had sores in his mouth. She told me he was just brought to them by the hospital, having been abanadoned, and they were trying to secure some extra medicines for their kids.
They have 50 kids aged 7 months to 17 years old. Most kids are brought to the orphanage either because they were abandoned at the hospital, or their caregiver has also died of AIDS. She would like to take in more children but their resources are stretched to capacity.
She then took me by the hand and showed me all aournd the place so that I could see all the work that was being done to make sure the kids had a nice healthy environment in which to strive. I thought I was just going to come there drop off the clothes and beat a hasty retreat, but she would hear none of it. This place just brings the humanity out of you.
She then had some of her workers bring me a list of things that they need desperately, which I will list at the bottom. Before I left, she said, "I know you are going to help us. I will see you when you come back."
Of course she is right. I will be back.
Okay, here is what I'm proposing. For all those people who ask me what would I like for them to bring me, this is what I now say. PLEASE don't bring me anything. Please pick something off the list below to bring to the orphanage. Another concern is food. They have to feed 50 children (along with staff and volunteers) 3 times per day and ask if anyone can donate food that would go a long way with helping their circumstances.
If anyone brings at least $100 worth of items to donate, I will drive them to the orphanage personally. If you would like to donate food, again, I will drive you to the supermarket and to the orphanage. You don't need me, you can go and drop off things yourself, if you like.
Many times I get emails and comments about how I need to write about more positive things, blah, blah, blah. But, when I write about things like this there are very few comments or responses. Let's see if we can get many comments from people who would like to help.
Okay, here are the things that are needed ASAP:
Cefalos porina suspencion
I'm sorry the medicines are in Spanish, I will try and have someone translate what they are exactly. Anything else you think kids will enjoy would be most appreciated and welcome.