17.09.2014 23 °C
We've been finding that the days are getting easier as the kids are warming to us more and the language barrier is becoming less of an issue. We tried very hard today to teach the kids more English phrases, as Erno stressed to us the importance of them knowing English as it sets them up for later life. This started when we were drawing with the children, and taught them the colours, as well as saying "I like" or "I don't like". They've improved so much in three days so we're really excited to see how much we can help them in a month.
However, today wasn't without it's difficulties. Little Andras was playing on a swing, and being as hyper as he always is, and he fell off. We both panicked as he sat up and started crying. When we rushed over we realised he had a nasty cut on the back of his head, bleeding heavily. We quickly rushed him back to the house, unsure of whether it our responsibility or the carers to look after him and make a decision about whether to see a doctor. The carer looked after him in a professional manner by cleaning his wound with alcohol. However, we couldn't help but notice the lack of compassion and affection from her. We thought back to when we were 8; at that age, the idea of not having someone to cuddle us after we hurt ourselves, be it a scraped knee or a broken limb, is unimaginable. These children have no-one to comfort them, bar the other children in the Home, who are only children themselves. Even more harrowingly, when we later attempted to give Andras a hug and tell him what a brave boy he had been, we were met with disinterest and even hostility from him. From what we've seen so far, these children are not used to this kind of affection, which is likely to have damaging affects in the future, and the events of today have demonstrated how much we can try to influence these children positively. We've realised that it's important to teach this generation of children how to form healthy, loving relationships, not only for themselves, but also for their children and future generations.
Food today was definitely the best we've had so far! Lunch was tomato soup, followed by potatoes in sauce (suspiciously similar to Monday's soup!). We had an afternoon snack of bread with chocolate spread, which was delicious, and to our surprise dinner was also sweet; bowls of a something similar to rice pudding, topped with cocoa powder and sugar. Although a huge improvement on chicken liver, we couldn't quite bring ourselves to have three helpings like the children!
Sally and Emily xx