The orphanage really did the best they could with all of these children, considering their limited resources. The children were treated well, got to go to school, got medical care, and had enough to eat. The one thing that was really lacking, was the number of adult workers in the orphanage. They had a set-up where the teenagers would be chosen as room leaders. They would be in charge of a room full of 30 children, varying in age from 3 years old to 15 years old or so. They would make sure every child did their chores, got dressed, bathed, got their meals, did their school work, etc. I was so impressed with these room leaders. Granted it's more responsibility than most teenagers should have, but they were amazing. They really took care of the children.
I was impressed with all of the kids in general. They took care of each other. They made their own little family units within the orphanage. But that didn't replace their need for a family of their own. These children changed my life. Maybe they'll change yours too.
By the way, lest you think I'm actually a good photographer, most of these pictures were taken by a dear friend of mine that I met in India. Her family is about to go do more amazing things in the world...she's the coolest.
It wouldn't be right to share this post without pointing out what amazing people my parents are. They let their 20 year-old daughter, go to India, BY HERSELF (As in, no mission trip group here, literally, a solo mission), for 2 months. I showed up at the airport in Delhi, and looked for a guy holding up a sign with my name on it. My parents knew very little about the orphanage I was going to, and the organization that funded the orphanage. Still, they let me go. They never even shared any doubts or fears with me AT ALL. They bought me a camera, some new luggage, and hugged me goodbye. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for always supporting my crazy dreams. I've learned so much from you guys that will help me be a better parent someday.