Today I am taking a break from sharing my own projects and ideas to show you something really great and really different.
My cousin, Rachel Nielson, is an amazing person. She’s one of those people that you want to hate because she is just so wonderful but you can’t because, well, she’s just so wonderful. She’s the kind of person who takes trips to El Salvador for her honeymoon to volunteer at an orphanage for kids with disabilities. And now she’s the director of a program for that orphanage and today I’m going to share a little bit about it and how they need your help.
The Hogar del Nino Project, is a program which sends volunteers to live and serve in an orphanage for persons with disabilities in El Salvador for three months at a time. A life changing experience I am sure.
Volunteers plan projects, classes, games, and activities to improve the quality of life of the orphanage residents. Basically, they get to spend three months loving, teaching, and playing with some of the most beautiful people in the world. It is a life-changing experience not only for the volunteers, but also for the residents of the Hogar!
Just look at these sweet friends:
Their eyes say it all. Such sweet innocence and happiness.
Rachel and the Hogar project are always looking for great volunteers, and we need your help getting the word out.
Do you know anyone who would be a perfect fit for this program?
Volunteers are usually college students, but anyone who has two to three months available to volunteer is welcome to apply, such as teachers on summer vacation or older couples who are retired. Please checkout the website for more information about the program and the volunteer requirements, and PLEASE SHARE this opportunity via social networks.
And guess what? Because no Crazy Little Projects post would be complete without a project, here’s one that the El Hogar residents did.
One of the first pairs of volunteers at the Hogar, Ava and Valerie Crump, helped the children make a beautiful “silhouette quilt” to give to their caregivers. Each child sat in front of a bright lamp, and they traced their profile onto construction paper. Then, they cut the profiles out of bright fabric, used heat ‘n’ bond to iron the profiles onto quilt squares, and sewed them all together. They also printed each child’s name onto special fabric paper and ironed it onto the quilt. The children helped with the process as much as possible—cutting the profiles, sewing with the machine with supervision, and tying the quilt.
The finished product was beautiful and so appreciated by the nuns who take such good care of these children!
This could be a great gift for grandparents, featuring the silhouettes of all of their grandchildren. You could also make throw pillows using the same idea.
Now, please, please, please don’t forget: Share The Hogar Del Nino Project with your family and friends, particularly anyone whom you think would be a great volunteer for the program!
*Images in this post by Molly Hunter Photography