We arrived at our orphanage outside of Rourkela this afternoon. It’s about 45 minutes or so away from the hotel we’re staying at in the actual city. On the drive here, we saw our first pair of elephants, as well as many of the steel plants that Rourkela is known for.
Right now, I am wearing my Indian kurta (shirt) and it is soaked completely through with sweat. We just got done playing Bulldog, which is a more frantic form of Red Rover. After that, we all stood in a circle while one person walked the cirle and dropped a hankerchief behind another. The person who drops the hankerchief takes off running around the circle and the other person tries to catch them. I was sincerely outrun by a child less than 10 years old.
The children here at our oldest orphanage adore “Auntie” Caroline and the infants will stick to you like velcro if you let them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more genuine expressions of happiness on children’s faces as I have here. It’s absolutely amazing.
I’m off to change shirts and do some shopping in the town. The town residents regularly use the computer lab here at the orphanage so our reputation is fantastic throughout the community. There is broadband internet attached to at least a dozen computers as well.
It’s so exciting being here!