A diverse team of volunteers from across the UK have been working with the children of Open Arms over the last few months. On top of the many bottles of milk given to the babies, and the hours spent with the children during playtimes, there have been special events around the themes of the Olympics and the Lake of Stars music festival for the children in our Foster Houses, thanks to some teaching backgrounds within the volunteer group which helped to bring this together.
For many in our group, this is the first experience of living without electricity and running water, of using pit latrines and sleeping without beds on cold, hard floors. We learn to fetch water from the distant wells and carry it up the hillside on our heads many times throughout the day.
For some, the trip is a welcome return and a chance to visit the children they met as babies who have returned to their village homes and now attend school. For others, this has been their first chance to see for themselves the Infant Home, Feeding Stations and Granny Houses that JnJ has built over the last ten years.