DMC has sent me to Bali to the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage to teach orphans how to stitch and craft! I will be here for 3 1/2 weeks. I arrived this past weekend and it has been non stop fun and crafting ever since. After my long 21 hour flight the children greeted me with dazzling smiles energizing me til a whopping 9 pm of play time and games until I crashed in the volunteer bunk. I awoke at 6 am the next day revitalized and refreshed and have completely adjusted to the time difference ever since. Too easy. So wonderful.
The children here are so amazingly self sufficient. I am amazed each day as these kids shower and dress themselves each morning, take care of each other, play with each other… My art program has begun and so far has been going great, the kids are really into it! The rest of my wonderful sponsors can be seen on the right hand side of the blog. I thank them very much for their generous donations! The children so far have been thrilled with the supplies I have brought. We had an impromptu friendship bracelet making session last night. Courtesy of our friends at the My Friendship Bracelet Maker using DMC floss. The children were thrilled and have been seen scattered around the orphanage all week making colorful bracelets. I have three more of my own to add to my wrist thanks to Yunis, Adi & Cece
We also had a great first needlepoint class. Stay tuned for more posts about my amazing experience in Bali to help make a difference in these children’s lives and help to teach them important arts & crafts skills to grow their imaginations and expand their confidence in themselves. The look on their faces after completing the bracelets was amazing. They couldn’t believe they were so capable. Thank you to DMC for making this possible and to the rest of my incredible sponsors!