Today was our second day at the orphanage in Cuzco, but with a whole new group of patients. Today we treated young girls ranging from four to fifteen. We kicked off the day by assisting at our assigned stations. The young boys from the previous day were still around, always smiling and giving warm hugs. We were expecting mass chaos since we would have many children under the age of ten running around, but with everyone’s hard work we were able to manage and make the day a complete success.
The female patients absolutely loved spending time with us. They were also very curious about all the procedures and descriptions written on the medical cards. It was a great opportunity to teach the young girls about why health is important and educate them about how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
One of the biggest eye openers of the day was when the young girls told us their stories about how they got to the orphanage. Many do not remember their parents, or rarely see them. It is truly amazing how resilient these girls are. Coming from a loving family that would do anything for me it is difficult to even fathom what they have to go through. Today has made me count my blessings and be thankful for what I have been given in life.
Many of the girls did a phenomenal job at both the medical and dental clinics. They were all very cooperative and patient. Their smiling faces, sweet personalities, and gratitude reinforces why it is important to give back.
We ended our day with a group dinner at a restaurant near our hotel. The food was amazing. It was my first time trying alpaca, and it is now one of my favorite foods! It was great to listen to how everyone felt about the day and reflect. Of course all the providers are constantly making us laugh!
Tomorrow is our final day at the orphanage, and I am excited for another day filled with fun, smiles, and laughter.
Meaghan and Zach