Fact – orphanages exist in most countries because of lousy conditions that exist in the world.
Fact – orphanages are lousy places to raise babies and children.
Fact – many orphanage children take care of orphanage babies.
Fact – hope exists, resiliency happens!
Sathya is 6, she lives in the orphanage and helps care for the babies
Here is a story of the above facts, illustrated by Sathya….. In an orphanage where HHI has given a training, Sathya was acting as a caregiver for a 3-day-old baby, holding and feeding her without support. While she may enjoy acting as a big sister, she wasn’t having her own childhood.
During the HHI training, I invited Sathya to come and get her very own “baby massage”. She was initially reluctant, but she was too curious to pass up the chance. She very soon was laying down, playing with a bumpy pink ball and soaking up the loving touch of her caregiver.
After the first lesson, both Sathya and her caregiver were beaming with joy and connection.
When the caregiver asked Sathya if she wanted to come in each day to the HHI Training to be her massage partner, her answer was pure and clear… may this continue long after HHI’s Trainers leave the building.
Hope does exist, resiliency is abundant and Sathya’s life will never be the same.