These are a few pictures from the orphanage where we stayed. We actually slept in a separate building, which is their guest house. It is in much better shape than the building where the kids sleep. To give you a better picture, there are at least 150 kids that live at Huruma. The building is about 3,000 sq ft and that includes bathrooms, the kitchen, the chapel, the room were Mama Zipporah sleeps, her office, and an office for the accountant. The kids are literally all in 4 rooms. They are separated into young boys, older boys, young girls, and older girls. The babies sleep in the same room, about 3 per crib.
This is the hallway leading to the boys' room.
This is the younger boys' room. The bunk beds are stacked 3 high and welded together. 3-4 boys sleep on the bottom, 2-3 sleep in the middle, and 1 or 2 sleep on the top bunk. They don't actually get a mattress. It's more of just a thin pad, about 4 inches high. Most of the mattress pads were very warped and sinking in the center.
Another picture of the younger boys' room. Those are mosquito nets that they let down at night. The kids wake up at 4:45am every single day, even on weekends. They make their bed first thing in the morning. These beds were perfectly made every day. They do not have pillows.
They store their toothbrushes in the hallway, stuck up in the ceiling (tin roof).
This is one of their bathrooms. There are three of these for the girls and three for the boys. This is their toilet AND shower. Everything runs down the same drain. They only have cold water.
Another picture of the toothbrushes...sad..
Linn had a little buddy attached at the hip during our tour :)
Love these rules. The kids are very well behaved and responsible.
This is their schedule and they stick to it!
This used to be the nursery or baby room, but it is now used for Mama Zipporah's kitchen and sitting area.
Me and my favorite little girl, Angel!
This is the nursery...a very tiny room with 4 cribs. Kids ages infant to 2 years sleep in here...about 3 per crib. Two older high school girls sleep on bunk beds in here and tend to the babies at night.
This is the little girls' room.
This is how they store their shared clothes. The older high school kids get a metal trunk to put their personal things in.
This is the high school girls' room. They sleep a couple of kids per bunk as well. The rooms are actually very clean, as clean as a concrete floor can be anyway.
Do these pictures not make you feel humble and blessed? Wow! It was hard coming back to our brand new house with our big beds and fresh sheets, big showers, soap, towels, real toilets, dressers and closets of our own clothes, and shoes that fit and aren't ripped...
These kiddos have so much joy and they are so happy with what they have. They feel very lucky to have a place to sleep and food to eat. But most of all they are so happy to know Jesus as Lord!