Orphans Share Summer Stories, Learn Valuable Lessons

Summer vacation is highly anticipated by children because it means a months-long break from school—and homework! The same can be said for children in school orphanages in Eastern Europe, because not only did they have time to enjoy meaningful activities, they also had exciting summer adventures to talk about with Allies volunteers during a recent visit.

The stories varied—one child had become a student of a technical school, which is a promising academic achievement, while another three were fortunate enough to be taken in by good families. Perhaps the most interesting—and inspiring—tale of summer came from 13-year-old Maxim, who underwent a successful liver transplant.

“I should have been in the camp this summer, but in that period of time, I had to go through rehabilitation after my surgery,” Maxim shared. “I was sad that I didn’t get to go because I had been looking forward to that one week to be among my friends. I attended the camp last year, and I still have such warm and pleasant memories!”

The camp that Maxim regrettably missed was the Allies Christian camp, which also became a popular topic during the visit. Many of the children were able to go and created unforgettable experiences with one another. As the day progressed, the volunteers also took the time to address the children’s need to understand the value of money, educating them about the history of money and displaying bills from different times and governments. The volunteers were highly prepared—they even brought currencies from other countries! For better appreciation, the children were tasked to engage in role-play. The volunteers acted as incorruptible and strict employers, and the children as the employees who work hard for their wages. The lesson was irreplaceable to the kids, and the teachers were equally appreciative of the volunteers’ efforts. One child was even rewarded for sharing some of her “earnings” with the “poor”.

While the volunteers have previously visited other orphanages, they are always grateful for the opportunity to return and meet new children. “This is my third trip to orphanages, but my first time back here,”19-year-old Igas said. “This is my orphanage. A family took me in 10 years ago, and I am so thankful to my parents because they gave me love and nurtured my faith in God! Now I can serve these children. I can love and give them care and attention as any good family would.”


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