The orphanage is divided into separate houses, each consisting of 7-10 kids and one 'house mother' who cares for them. Along with 4 other volunteers, I spent roughly two hours going house to house, distributing presents to the kids with a bonus of fried chicken, which was paid for by KKOOM. Although we weren't able to host a full party with decorations, games and more volunteers, the kids were still able to get a good dose of Christmas cheer. It's amazing how shy some of these kids can become when stuck in front of a group of foreigners. Not only are they shy about speaking any English but they were also now receiving gifts from us and, you could tell, wanted to express their gratitude but weren't exactly sure how to go about doing so. Most of the kids asked for pretty simple gifts so it's understandable that they weren't jumping forjoy over their boxes of Oreo O's, Pringles and Ramen, but you could tell they were happy with what they got and appreciated the time we spent with them. There's really not much else to say about these kids, they're all pretty awesome, and adorable so I'll let the pictures do the talking.
|~Chicken and Cola for all~|
|Of course, they fed us too ~~ best fried Chicken I've had in a long time|
|한결 and his Grandfather|
|What a clown|
|The Zion Choir|
|The kids are multiplying!|
|Isn't Christmas without a few meltdowns|
|Korean Christmas feast|
When we got back to 혜진's house 한결 quickly remembered that Santa was supposed to have come that night. I was a bit confused as there were no presents under the tree, where were they hiding? Then 한결 disappeared behind the curtains and went out to the porch searching for something. Finally I heard him shout "ahh he came" and eagerly came back into the living room with a black bag with his present inside; a game that seemed to be a combination of both jenga and don't break the ice.