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JUDITH CAIN
British

Care for Orphans Voluntary Project in Madurai, India

         

I really enjoyed the orphanage. The children and staff were lovely and you really felt as if you were helping them. I found it a bit heart breaking at first, but am enjoying helping with the feeds and playing with the children. They seem to have nothing but are so happy just to have a bit of attention.

The orphanage I would recommend to anyone who didn't mind hard work. It would suit most people who love children and are prepared to get stuck in with the staff. 

Each weekend I have travelled out of Madurai and enjoyed that very much. It is lovely to go to the hills where it is much cooler, and the scenery is amazing. I have really enjoyed my time in Madurai. 

The Traveller’s house is very comfortable and Jaya is a very good cook. Pradeep and Robin are both very helpful and so know if you have any problems that they will be able to help you. 

I would recommend this trip to anybody.

Can you describe a typical day?

I was collected at 8am and arrived at the orphanage around 8.20am.  The staff would be just finishing the early feed and I would help to wind some of the younger babies.  Then I would help undress the children ready for bath time. I usually dried all the children which were very hot and hectic but good fun. Once the children were seen to, I usually played with the older ones (3 - 4years) in the foyer, sometimes colouring or teaching numbers and the alphabet, but mostly they just wanted your attention for cuddles etc. 

At 10.45 it was time to start feeding the babies and toddlers their bottles, which usually took about 1/2 hour, followed by playing with the children again.  At 12noon the older children had lunch and they liked us to sit with them, sometimes helping dish out seconds.

After lunch the children were all put to bed so we would get picked up at 12.30 to go home for lunch. 

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