Today was the hardest day I've had while in China! We visited the orphanage. Pictures don't even do justice for the orphanage GiGi lived in for 2 years! I've never seen conditions like this before & I cannot believe GiGi lived here for 2years!! I've been sick all day since leaving there! You cannot capture the smell & it was unlike any I've smelled before! It wasn't urine or poop but much worse! The children's rooms opened to the outside & they didn't even have doors on them! They just had thick plastic strips. I'm pretty positive no one even stayed with them at night as it was wall to wall cribs with no room for a chair or anything! When we came back our interrupter said they would only show us the best part of the orphanage & that it was much worse in the other parts (which I cannot imagine anything being much worse!) I could not have handled seeing any more – our GiGi lived here & other children are there now! I cannot put into words how broken my heart is tonight!
There were 2 babies that had arrived yesterday. No one was holding them & one was blue. The baby was still alive but I seriously doubt she will live a couple more days. Both children had a horrible cough that sounded like pneumonia! While we were there the police arrived to leave another child but we did not see it! Please pray for all these precious babies! It was a life changing experience & anyone that hasn’t personally experienced it could not understand! Phil posted some pics but he couldn't even bare to take pics of it all! The lens would not capture the coldness & smell through the peeling paint, concrete floors, wall to wall cribs, & all the babies that lay there without anyone holding them!
The orphanage workers were unbelievable! They are so nice & thoughtful! You can tell they loved the kids, but they can only do so much with what they were given! The nannies seemed to love the children very much! GiGi was very fond of all the workers & let them hold her. When it was time to go she came back to me & waved bye to them. When we got in the bus she cried & cried & cried herself to sleep! I think she realized it was good-bye forever & was so hard on her! No matter how bad the conditions are this was her home! I have no doubt adopting these children is best but it hurts to see your child in such pain! She has clung to me like never before! A long day would be an understatement!
I really really thought I was going to vomit after the visit! No American could understand the conditions if you haven’t traveled to a 3rd world country! Phil couldn't bear to get the worst that we saw in pics because it was so heartbreaking! It is crucial that we get these children out of there into forever families! I was planning on posting more about our visit today, but I am emotionally drained! I will try to write more about it at a later date, but I’m just not emotionally up to any more tonight!
Thank goodness we leave here tomorrow! No one has been fond of being here & is ready to go! We fly out at 12:50 & will land in Guangzhou at 2:05. I'm not sure how the kids are going to handle flying (all the families & adoptive children here will fly on the same plane). I hope the internet service will be as good there as it has been here. We will post as soon as possible once we are there!
Pictures from XX Orphanage
& the beautiful children
awaiting FOREVER Families
.........are you willing to change a child's life????