From left to right: Sharon, Vanessa, Amanda, Kimberly, Xinia, Dyana, Genesis, Kenya, Carmensita and Josylin. Marylin and Silvia are absent from the picture.
During our short 2 night stay in San Jose, we went to visit an orphanage. Do you remember the yoga workshop I attended earlier in January? The proceeds from the workshop went to support an orphanage in San Jose. Matias, the yoga instructor and his wife Chelsea spend a lot of time there with the girls. They offered for anyone to come to visit the girls and since we had a free day in San Jose, that is what we did.
Chelsea and Matias visit the girls several times a week and help them with their homework, teach them English, take them out on field trips (like to the movies) do maintenance and upkeep as well as many other things around the orphanage. They really do a lot for these wonderful young ladies and I can understand why. You would too if you could meet them. They are truly wonderful young ladies and we were so touched by each one of them.
So now, a little bit about these wonderful ladies. There are about 12 girls living here and they range from age 4 to 16. We spent the afternoon getting to know them. They helped us to learn a little more Spanish and showed us around their garden where they grew avocados, bananas, papaya, and many other things.
We all went for a walk around the block. They just scooped up Kiyoshi and someone carried and played with both the boys all of the way. We went to see some horses, kicked a ball around and then they took us to a mango tree where they climbed up and shook down about 20 fresh mangos.
Sharon was our photographer and took many of the photos except of course the ones that she is in.
Dyan, Josyln and I.
Carmensita and Kiyoshi.
Xinia and Kiyoshi.
Kimberly, Kiyoshi and Vanessa.
Chelsea, Joslyn and Dave.
Xinia and Kiyoshi.
Genesis and Taro.
Taro and Amanda.
Vanessa and Kimberly.
The boys felt like they were the centre of attention the whole time. Anytime they wanted something like a drink of water or to kick a ball, one of the girls was right there looking after them. Taro was so sad when it came time to leave his new girlfriends. Even the next day, he asked if we could go back to see them. We had a truly fabulous afternoon and were deeply touched by each one of these very special young ladies. We wish them all the best with whatever great things the future holds for them.
Following our visit, we went back to Chelsea and Matias's house and had a lovely dinner. If you'd like to see some of the charitable work that Chelsea and Matias do, here is the link to Matias's website. They are truly inspiring people http://www.yoganirvana.com/en/charity.