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Cherven meets new friends

We are very happy that this summer Cherven children's orphanage welcomed new friends. New friends are always great. Keelin O'Sullivan shares her impressions about the week spent with the children in Cherven. And we in our turn say thanks a million for that wonderful time, love and help that the girls gave the children!

"My experience in Cherven was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. From the moment I arrived until the evening I left I experienced pure happiness, love and fun. All units we visited were uniquely challenging but spending time with the different groups was so rewarding. After spending months planning and thinking about the trip I soon realised that all I really needed to do was be there with the children and young adults and have a good time.

I absolutely adored spending time in the multisensory room with the children from units five and six. These younger children were mostly confined to wheelchairs even though we soon found out that many of them could walk. Seeing a child come out of a wheelchair and be able to walk around, run, jump and play is completely indescribable. Being able to give these children attention and love and seeing them be so happy, playful and childlike was wonderful.

In the evenings we mostly stayed outside with the older units such as eight, nine and eleven. We spent hours face painting, drawing with chalk, dancing, playing tennis, football, Frisbee, and taking hundreds of pictures! Everyone loved having their picture taken and we were able to get photos developed and give them out which was really special. These groups also loved colouring and arts and crafts which we all did when it was raining or too late to be outside. One afternoon we took them to the cinema and for a disco. This was one of the highlights of my trip. Seeing all of them in their best clothes, so excited to be going out for an afternoon was so eye-opening. Something as simple as walking ten minutes into the town and going for a dance and a movie is so rare for these young adults that being able to take them was so incredible. We got everyone juice and some sweets which was also well received!

Spending time with the girls from unit three was also great! They loved getting their nails and make up done. We all had so much fun with that. We also spent time doing arts and crafts with them! I was really glad that we got to visit unit one, which is a palliative care unit. While most of these children are bedbound it was nice to be able to give them some attention, even if it was just blowing bubbles or just sitting beside them. Although we were only there for a week, I was grateful that we were able to visit most units.

My time in Cherven was so short but extremely rewarding. While I can’t deny that at times it was very difficult and sad, the happiness, fun and love were just overpowering and incredible. I hope to return to Cherven soon and spend much longer there. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support all of us girls had for each other, being able to have a group of us was really beneficial and allowed us to be able to take more children to the multisensory room and be able to do more activities.  It’s so difficult to capture how amazing this trip was, you need to experience the children of Cherven to understand how life changing it really is."

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Cherven meets new friends
Cherven meets new friends
Cherven meets new friends
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Cherven meets new friends

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