Our day began with breakfast in the hotel room, then a morning appointment at the ashram/orphanage. We, along with the Irish families were invited to the ashram for tea, cookies, and a tour before receiving the children's passports. We were the first to arrive. We sat there across from Mr. P as he completed some paperwork. Finally the others arrived. We all spent some time discussing with Mr. P how our first evening had gone with all of our new children. One little girl had been saying the name of a friend all evening. Mr. P called that friend down, and it was emotional to see the two girls embrace in happiness to see each other again.
The only indoor rooms that we were permitted to see were the meeting room, the dining hall, and the kitchen. A bell rings at the end of the hall to call the children to eat. They sit on the floor to eat and use their hands instead of silverware.
After three hours at the orphanage, it was determined that the passports were not ready yet, but would be delivered to the ashram in the late afternoon. We left with plans to return after lunch.
Showing off their Indian Passports...
[At the end of our visit, it was requested that we visit with another child in the orphanage and take photos and video of her to try to advocate for her in America. She is considered to be a special needs nine-year-old child with deformation of feet and hands. However, she can write and run super fast, has a sharp mind, sweet personality, and beautiful face. She is a great friend of Ajay and Smita. We took lots of photos/videos with the instructions of giving them directly to our agency (and interested families). It's heartbreaking to know that we are leaving so many children behind.]