Hola amigos! What a fun and exciting day we have had in the Dominican Republic! All of the local children had the day off from school and were at the Dove Mission Children’s Center, nearly 100 children were present. We interacted with the children all morning and played games with them until it was time for lunch. Lunch and dinner at Todo Pollo (Everything Chicken – local restaurant) was fabulous. The highlight of my day was when the water truck came to hose all of the children to cool them down. These children don’t have clean water to go jump in or any pools nearby. This was such an eye opening experience for me. I have never seen children so happy to see a water truck pull up. Liz, the director of Dove Missions, explained to us that it costs $12 American dollars for the truck to hose the children off which lasts about 25-30 minutes. In the United States, we take so many things for granted, including fresh water to cool off in. Another thing we take for granted are shoes. Some of these young children were running around all day with no shoes on. I have been incredibly blessed to be on this adventure with so many compassionate hearts. I am thrilled with the work that we have done with the children thus far and we still have plenty more days to spend with them. Hasta luego!
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – The Healing Room
Minter Newman, Senior Nursing Student