I did a lot with kids today. In the morning, we went to the Baylor Centre and led their morning play group. I found out that all the kids were all HIV positive, but I don’t think I would have ever known that unless I asked or somebody told me. They all act so normal like children anywhere around the world. I just thought they may have been sick from other things. Besides the language barrier, I communicated with them very well. I had an intense one-on-one experience with a 15 year old boy. Though he looked much younger and didn't speak much, but we communicated through math. I gave him a couple of problems to see what math level he was at, then I taught him some basic algebra and he caught on fast. He understood English well, but didn’t speak much of it, and we still managed to teach and learn from each other. I taught him algebraic equations with 1 and 2 variables, systems of equations, and multiplying and dividing by fractions. He also taught me some math having to do with rate, time, and product using specific equations. Not many of the kids focused on math, but I could tell he really enjoyed it and i'm glad i got to have that experience of teaching him.
Later in the day when we went to the Princess Marina Hospital and I helped out in the pediatric surgical ward. Qiddist, Chelsea, another volunteer and I held and took care of 2 abandoned babies. The older one was a month old and named Vincent. He was abandoned in the hospital by his mother. He was a very fussy baby, and liked to be held my many people. It showed that he didn’t have much stability in his life, and there were many people who would pass by to say hello or to feed and change him, but not really a constant. The younger boy didn’t have a name yet. He was found this past Sunday abandoned on the side of the road. We just held them and loved them. They were extremely cute and it was heartbreaking to hear their stories, but it reinforces that every child needs parents and people to love them. Just holding them and rocking the littlest one to sleep for a couple of hours felt like I really made a difference in his life. With the hospital being so short in staff, volunteering really goes a long way there. Before we left, they let us name him. We talked with a lady who also visits them and gave him the name Lesedi, which means light/sunshine/brightness so that he may bring light into people’s lives.